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PG&E Announces It Won’t Pay Camp Fire Criminal Fine With Fund for Victims

As reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, facing blowback, PG&E has announced that it no longer intends to pay the criminal fines and expenses related to its negligence in the 2018 deadly Camp Fire with the funds from a trust intended to compensate victims.

The blowback came one week after the company revealed it would plead guilty to 85 felony counts, all but one for involuntary manslaughter, and pay nearly $4 million in fines and other costs using the same $13.5 billion trust it had agreed to set up for individual victims.

In a released statement, PG&E has said that the fines will instead be paid for by insurance companies who are involved in a separate $11 billion settlement in the company’s bankruptcy case and that there will be no reduction in the amount available for wildfire victims.

California Wildfire Injury & Loss Lawyers

Lieff Cabraser represents the family of Ernest Francis “Ernie” Foss, beloved father and musician, who was killed in the November 2018 Camp Fire. Lieff Cabraser also represents plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit as well as hundreds of individual suits filed against PG&E for the devastating property damage, economic losses, and disruption to homes, businesses, and livelihoods caused by the Camp wildfire.

If you would like to speak with a California wildfire lawyer at Lieff Cabraser, call us at 1 800 541-7358 or use the form on this page.