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Lawyers for Australian and New Zealand survivors of the drug thalidomide have confirmed that they have launched a class action against the German company Grunenthal.
The writ was lodged yesterday in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Lawyer Peter Gordon said that his firm Gordon Legal would conduct the case in cooperation with his former firm Slater and Gordon.
"It will take some time to serve the proceedings on the German company and it is inappropriate to make further comment at this time," Mr Gordon said.
The class action follows the recent successful settlement with the British group Diageo for 45 Australian and New Zealand thalidomiders by Ken Youdale with the pro bono assistance of both Gordon Legal and Slater and Gordon.