Many Otago ACC claimants whose compensation payments have
been reinstated will be eligible to receive interest payments
which could total several million dollars overall, Dunedin
lawyer Peter Sara believes.
A Dunedin ACC beneficiary will be paid $10,000 after the
Crown admitted a police search of his home was unlawful, but
a High Court judge has dismissed the allegation that police
and ACC investigators acted in bad faith.
High Court Justice Christian Whata yesterday highlighted an
''oddity'' linked to ACC's leading role in investigations
during which search warrants were issued for the homes of two
Dunedin ACC claimants.
Struggling workers and businesses could have benefited from
almost half a billion dollars in ACC levy cuts this year if
the Government hadn't disregarded Ministry of Business
Innovation and Employment advice, it has emerged.