Maurice Blackburn is acting on behalf of 10 abalone licence holders who are seeking $82 million in damages after a lethal virus wiped out one third of Australia's abalone industry. The applicants claim that the Victorian Government failed to control the outbreak after being told about infected abalone farms. The crisis has devastated abalone stocks in Victoria, and has been dubbed "the foot-and-mouth" of the abalone industry.

Source: The Canberra Times, August 19, 2013