As reported by the Daily Mail, Xcel Energy has admitted that its equipment likely played a critical role in sparking the Smokehouse Creek fire, now recognized as the most devastating wildfire in Texas’s recorded history. Since igniting last Monday, the blaze has ravaged over a million acres, claimed the lives of two people, and led to the loss of around 7,000 cattle. It has also destroyed numerous communities and displaced hundreds of residents. Xcel Energy is now at the center of a legal battle, facing a lawsuit from a homeowner who alleges the fire originated from a failed power pole owned by the utility company.

Read the full article on the Daily Mail’s website.

About Lieff Cabraser

 Lieff Cabraser has deep experience representing fire victims, including against PG&E for the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp Fires, and against Southern California Edison for the Thomas Fire and mudslides in late 2017 and early 2018, and the Woolsey Fire in late 2018. Lieff Cabraser Partner, Lexi Hazam serves as Court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the Thomas Fire (JCCP No. 4965) and Woolsey Fire (JCCP No. 5000) litigations on behalf of thousands of Plaintiffs whose homes, businesses, and lives were devastated by the fires and mudslides.

Those cases entered into settlement protocol shortly before a trial, and most of them have now resolved, with Edison paying well over $1 billion. Along with Lieff Cabraser Partner, Elizabeth Cabraser, Ms. Hazam also served as Co-Chair of the Class Action Committee and on the Individual Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the 2017 North Bay Fires (JCCP No. 4955) litigation against PG&E. Ms. Cabraser also currently serves as a member of the Court-appointed Trust Oversight Committee, which oversees the Fire Victim Trust fund established as part of a $13.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with PG&E.

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