Tepko Pty Ltd v Water Board (2001) 206 CLR 1

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Facts
  • A developer made a subdivision which needed a water connection. They asked for a quote from the Water Board
  • The water board advised it would be approx. $2.5million
  • As a result of the high estimation, the bank withdrew finance
  • It turned out it would only have cost $800,000
  • They sued for economic loss
Issue
  • Was there a duty of care?
Held
  • The HCA said no, in the circumstances it would have been unreasonable to impose a duty of care

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