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Residents Continue to Struggle to Rebuild After California Wine Country Wildfires

Now months after the California wildfires of 2017, residents and businesses are still struggling to rebuild after one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in California history. PG&E, the northern California utility company now widely seen as responsible for many of these fires (and, particularly, for the so-called Wine Country fires around northern California), has [...]

By | 2018-03-26T17:51:44+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

PG&E Responsibility for Northern California Fires

Recent investigations have conclusively suggested that PG&E is directly responsible for at least one of the deadly Wine Country and North Coast fires that ravaged northern California in 2017. On October 8, two small fires in Santa Rosa ignited close to, but separate from, the more well-known Wine Country fires that destroyed over 6,000 homes [...]

By | 2018-03-14T09:09:36+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

PG&E’s Continued Efforts to Skirt Maintenance For the 2017 Wine Country Wildfires

As PG&E's legal woes continue, PG&E has increasingly attempted to devise more and more outlandish ways to skirt full financial responsibility for its actions and inactions. Estimates suggest that it may be liable for nearly $10 billion of damages stemming from lost lives, injuries, lost property, businesses, fines, and more as a result of the [...]

By | 2018-03-14T09:10:05+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Ghost Ship Fire – 2016 Oakland Warehouse Fire

In December, 2016, a deadly fire broke out at an artist collective and event space known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, during an electronic music concert attended by at least 50 people. Before the night was over, 36 people had died, making the Ghost Ship fire the deadliest fire ever in the city [...]

By | 2018-02-15T08:51:18+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Uncategorized, Wildfires & Utility Companies|

A Perfect Firestorm – PG&E’s Saga of Negligence and the 2017 California Wildfires

2017 saw some of the deadliest fires in the history of California, and of the entire United States. As more and more facts have come to the surface, mounting evidence suggests that PG&E, the major California power and gas supplier, is to blame for most, if not all, of these deadly fires. Injured homeowners and [...]

By | 2018-03-14T09:09:48+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Class Action Shareholder Derivative Lawsuit Stemming from Fires

The fires that have raged throughout northern California have not only caused direct injury to those in the paths of the fires, but, if PG&E, the utility company that many now allege is to blame for the fires, is found to have caused or led to the cause of the fires, such events could threaten [...]

By | 2018-01-23T14:37:59+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Tubbs and Atlas fires in Napa and Sonoma

Victims of the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Napa and Sonoma counties have been devastated by the scope of destruction of the fires. These fires now rank among the deadliest and largest in the history of California. Those impacted from the fires, ranging from bystanders, visitors, homeowners, businesses, families, and friends of individuals injured or [...]

By | 2018-01-23T14:39:15+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Class Action Lawsuits Against PG&E

With hundreds, and, potentially, thousands of people directly impacted by the fires across Sonoma, Napa, and surrounding counties in northern California, some injured plaintiffs are turning to class action lawsuits against the entity that they believe may have caused these fires: PG&E, the utility company responsible for power and gas service in most of northern [...]

By | 2018-01-23T14:40:38+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Are utility companies liable for the California wildfires?

Homeowners whose homes and possessions have been damaged or destroyed in the recent California wildfires—or who themselves have been physically injured, or are reeling from the loss of a loved one—may be left at a loss as to how to receive compensation for their damages and injuries. Recent news reports, and recent history, however, suggest [...]

By | 2018-01-23T14:41:39+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Wildfires & Utility Companies|

Santa Rose, Napa and Sonoma Fires

Liability of Utilities for Forest Fires Recent events throughout the country have raised the question of whether and to what extent utility companies may be liable for fires or other natural disasters that result from a utility company's actions or inactions. Damages ranging from such fires can be astronomical, and can include the destruction of [...]

By | 2018-01-23T14:44:06+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Wildfires & Utility Companies|