What is the Hendra Vaccine Class Action?

LHD Lawyers have commenced a class  action in the Federal Court of Australia alleging that pharmaceutical manufacturer, Zoetis Australia PTY Limited, failed to properly trial and test its Equivac HeV vaccine before it was administered to horses Australia wide beginning in 2012.

The vaccine was developed as an inoculation for the Hendra Virus in horses. Owners were often pressured into vaccinating their animals because of restrictions related to competing or receiving treatment by vets.

Restrictions on unvaccinated horses and inoculations using the Equivac HeV vaccine are continuing throughout Australia.

LHD’s Hendra Vaccine Class action also includes allegations that Zoetis contravened regulations relating to the use of the Equivac HeV vaccine granted under a ‘Minor Use Permit’, including breaches of the Australian Consumer law and other legislation governing the sale of pharmaceuticals for use by veterinarians. 

Why is there a Class Action?

More than half a million horses have been vaccinated with Equivac HeV Australia wide, including horses belonging to owners from racing and equestrian associations, working animals on farming properties and much loved family ponies.

Many horses have died or had to be euthanized after vets administered the Equivac HeV vaccine supplied by Zoetis and many more developed severe side effects that have compromised their health and limited their ability to train, compete or exercise.

What does it take to become a Group Member in the Class Action?

If you owned a vaccinated horse that has died or developed severe symptoms, you may be able to join the Hendra Vaccine Class Action as a ‘Group Member’.  

To join, you will have to show that your horse was inoculated with the Equivac HeV vaccine and that the horse developed severe side effects or died because its health was severely compromised at any time following the vaccination.

Legal Action is expensive, so who will pay the cost?

LHD is conducting the Hendra Class Action on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. We believe that providing legal services in this way provides those affected with access to justice.

What this means is that our firm will cover the legal costs of all Group Members to the Class Action without requiring that they any pay legal costs unless we are successful recovering compensation from Zoetis or any other party found responsible for damage caused by the vaccine.

How does someone get involved?

If you think you fit the description of “group member” you can speak with a representative at LHD Lawyers by simply calling (02) 9264 6644 and leaving your contact details and a brief description of how your horse/s were affected.