Category: California Wildfire Law

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Court Testimony from PG&E’s Troubleman before Judge Alsup

Read the Full Transcript of Proceedings PG&E’s troubleman appeared in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) to answer questions from the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Judge Alsup, and PG&E’s counsel. Judge Alsup oversees PG&E’s criminal probation. The troubleman’s name was not disclosed for safety reasons. He testified that he received an alert of a power outage on his phone on… Continue Reading..

Claims Deadline Expected to be Extended for California Camp Fire Victims

The tens of thousands of California residents harmed by last year’s devastating wildfires are getting more time to file for compensation from the utility company blamed for the blazes. After drawing criticism for the many fire victims who had not filed claims by last week’s deadline, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has agreed to a two-month extension. Lawyers for the… Continue Reading..

PG&E settles with insurance companies, paying $11 billion in California wildfires

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced that it has reached an $11 billion settlement with insurance firms on claims arising from the disastrous 2017 fire in northern California and 2018 Camp Fire.  The company’s statement on Friday stated that there is an arrangement “in principle with entities representing approximately 85 percent of insurance subrogation claims for an $11 billion settlement… Continue Reading..

The town of Paradise destroyed by PG&E fire loses 92 percent of its population 

Governor reclassifies Paradise a “rural area” after Camp Fire  Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will now classify the town of Paradise, which was mainly destroyed by the PG&E-sparked Camp Fire in 2018, as a rural area after the city’s population fell to less than 10% of its pre-fire population.  The move is part of a bid to restore Paradise.… Continue Reading..

Deadline set for victims of PG&E-caused wildfires 

An important legal notice impacting victims of wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric is starting to arrive in the mailboxes across Northern California.  “You have received this mailing because PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company have reached the next step in their Chapter 11 Cases: the setting of the ‘Bar Date,'” read the opening line of the… Continue Reading..

What PG&E discovered while inspecting local energy lines for safety

In Sonoma County, PG&E identified 49 unsafe issues with its energy lines and other electrical machinery and finished the repair process on all but one problem area. The safety deficiencies — including burned or rotted energy poles, damaged conductors, and overgrown vegetation — were recognized in a system-wide inspection that began in December, with unprecedented scope for the biggest utility… Continue Reading..

For Years PG&E Knew Their Lines Could Spark Wildfires, and They Still Didn’t Fix Them

In 2017 PG&E identified parts that needed a repair on its transmission lines to prevent structure failure, and dozens of steel towers needed to be replaced because they were still being used beyond their life expectancy.  In November of 2018, the failure of a century-old transmission line owned by PG&E sparked the massive wildfire known as the Camp Fire. The… Continue Reading..