Why is state owned quake insurer Southern Response dragging the Dodds back to court ?

Lisa Owen reports on Checkpoint 12 September, 2019

It's back to court for a Christchurch couple at the centre of a mammoth battle with Southern Response, even though the pair begged the quake insurer not to drag them through yet more legal action.

The state-owned insurer confirmed it's appealing an earlier High Court decision that found it guilty of misleading and deceptive behaviour, when it short-changed Karl and Alison Dodds hundreds of thousands of dollars after their quake damaged house was written off.

It ordered Southern Response to pay up. The Dodds say were tricked into accepting a lower offer from Southern Response and later discovered the insurers had kept secret from them a second much higher estimate to rebuild their damaged house.

Their lawyer Peter Woods describes the meeting when the Dodds were told by government ministers and the head of Southern Response they are being taken back to court.

The Minister in charge of Southern Response Grant Robertson tells Lisa Owen the decision to appeal the Dodds' High Court judgement is the government's decision, and maintains it's the right decision, but he says it was a tough one to make.


Simon Darby