The PG&E Fire Victim Trust announced today that it has been funded effective today. The Trust received the Fire Victim Trust settlement proceeds from PG&E which includes 476,995,175 shares of PG&E Common Stock and the first installment of cash funding of $5.385 billion ($5.4 billion reduced by previous court-ordered advances of $15 million) in accordance with PG&E’s Plan of Reorganization. [Read more…]
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s $59 billion reorganization plan, resolving a turbulent bankruptcy that started when the nation’s largest utility sparked a series of wildfires that killed more than 100 people, leveled entire California communities, and led it to plead guilty to over 80 separate counts of involuntary manslaughter. As reported by Reuters, the federal bankruptcy court granted final approval to a proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan for PG&E that will cover damages related to its negligence in the deadly 2018 Northern California Camp Fire. [Read more…]
Second set of criminal convictions in just five years places PG&E among the most criminally-convicted companies in US history
As reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Gas and Electricity Co. (PG&E) has agreed to plead guilty to 85 felony counts for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record. The felonies include 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire resulting from a downed PG&E power line. The Camp Fire in Butte County destroyed as many as 19,000 structures and almost completely leveled the town of Paradise. [Read more…]
Proof of claim process is easy but must be completed by Tuesday December 31st, 2019
If you were affected by the PG&E fires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you have until 5 PM on Tuesday December 31st, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple. It takes ten minutes to fill out, yet half of those who had painful losses have not filed a claim. [Read more…]
Victims Must File Claims Before December 31, 2019 Court Deadline
San Francisco, CA, December 6, 2019 — The Official Tort Claimants Committee (“TCC”), representing fire victims and other tort claimants in Pacific Gas & Electric’s (“PG&E”) bankruptcy reorganization, announce an agreement with PG&E to provide $13.5 billion in compensation for the fire victims and other tort claimants. This agreement comes after months of the TCC negotiating with PG&E on behalf of fire victims and other claimants. [Read more…]
Easy Proof of Claim process must now be completed by Friday December 20, 2019
If you suffered losses as a result of the Northern California wildfires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you now have until 5 PM on Friday, December 20th, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple, and takes ten minutes to fill out. No lawyer is required — though Lieff Cabraser is open to representing as clients those with substantial, complex claims who would benefit from a lawyer and who have not yet filed their Proof of Claim. [Read more…]
Only three days remain before the October 21st claim filing deadline for victims of wildfires caused by PG&E power lines in 2017 and 2018. As reported by the Napa Valley Register, a grassroots group of Northern California fire victims held a press conference on the two-year anniversary of the first of the North Bay fires to bring awareness to fellow fire victims about the Monday, October 21st deadline to file claims against PG&E, as more than half of fire victims have yet to file claims and are thus at risk of losing any compensation from the utility. [Read more…]
An estimated 70,000 Wildfire Victim Claims Still Unfiled with October 21 Rapidly Deadline Approaching
The claim filing deadline for victims of wildfires caused by PG&E power lines in 2017 and 2018 is quickly approaching. As reported by the New York Times, as many as 70,000 victims eligible for compensation may receive nothing if they do not file by the 10/21 deadline.
In the early hours of Monday, September 2, 2019, the diving boat MV Conception caught fire and sank in a horrific tragedy off the coast of Santa Cruz Island near Santa Barbara, California. Five crew members, who had been awake and jumped overboard, survived the devastating fire. A sixth crew member who was asleep in the same area as the passengers is feared to be dead. The thirty-three other people who were on board lost their lives in the disaster. The overwhelming majority of the victims were from the San Francisco Bay Area; specific cause of the fire is not yet known.
The focus of our investigation will be on the failures that caused the fire and prevented those below deck from exiting safely. Initial inquiry has focused on the need for more than one exit: USA Today: California Dive-Boat Fire Highlights Need For More Than One Exit From Sleeping Quarters as well as LA Times: Lack of Escape Routes in California Boat Fire Becomes Focus as Investigation Intensifies
Lieff Cabraser: Securing Justice for Californians Since 1972
Lieff Cabraser has a long history of successfully championing the rights of those injured or who lost their lives as a result of fires and other environmental disasters. Over the last 45 years, we have assisted our clients in recovering over $122 billion in verdicts and settlements. We serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico where over $11.2 billion has been paid in settled loss claims. Lieff Cabraser was also appointed by the court to lead litigation on behalf of homeowners, businesses and employees who suffered economic injuries relating to 2015 Plains pipeline oil spill in Santa Barbara, and also helps lead two class action cases on behalf of homeowners and businesses who suffered losses from the 2015-2016 Porter Ranch gas leak in Southern California.
Lieff Cabraser represents the family of Ernest Foss, beloved father and musician who was killed in the November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern California history. 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. Lieff Cabraser also serves as Co-Lead Counsel in consolidated individual and class suits against Southern California Edison over the role of the utility’s equipment in starting the devastating 2017 Thomas Fire, Co-Lead Counsel in the California Woolsey Fire cases, and as Chairs of the Class Action Committee and on the Individual Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the consolidated lawsuits against Pacific Gas & Electric relating to losses from the 2017 San Francisco Bay Wine Country Fires.
Contact a Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser Today About The Conception Fire
If you have lost a loved one in the tragic fire and sinking of the Conception on September 2, 2019 and would like to consult with an experienced California injury lawyer, please call us today in San Francisco at 415 956-1000 or use the form below to send us an email message.
Bankruptcy proceedings force narrow window for Wine Country and Camp wildfire victims to make claims
Northern California wildfire victims, including those who suffered injury and losses as a result of the 2017 North Bay and 2018 Camp fires, have only until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E. Formal notice of the filing deadline was issued in June by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali after PG&E announced its plans to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [Read more…]
Attendant website at www.norcalwildfireassistanceprogram.com also made public
The Wildfire Assistance Program has announced the posting of their official Facebook page with updates and information about the program. The Program will provide urgent need funds to certain persons affected by the 2017 and 2018 Wildfires in Northern California. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360, Northern California wildfire victims will have until October 21, 2019 to file proof of claims against PG&E as a result of a ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali made on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The deadline was imposed despite objections from Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, who argued that a four-month deadline provides insufficient time to optimally reach fire victims with potential claims. [Read more…]
On June 21, 2019, Judge William F. Highberger of the Superior Court of California issued a Case Management Order naming Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Personal Injury practice group Lexi J. Hazam as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the coordinated Woolsey Fire Cases relating to the devastating 2018 fire that burned more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. [Read more…]
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a news release stating that “a very meticulous and thorough investigation” has determined that the November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County “was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” The deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, the Camp fire began on the morning of November 8, 2018, and burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries. [Read more…]
Los Angeles—(BUSINESSWIRE)—On December 20, 2018, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court on behalf of Los Angeles residents Lisa Brown, Mirjam Kostichek, Malibu resident Anthony Stearns d/b/a Radfish Malibu against Southern California Edison Company and Edison International (“Edison”) for negligence, trespass, inverse condemnation and the violation of the California Public Utilities and Health and Safety codes in relation to the 2018 Woolsey Fire that ravaged over 96,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in November of 2018. The fire, one of the largest and most destructive in Los Angeles history, tore through Malibu as well as parts of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of West Hills and is alleged to have been started by equipment owned and controlled by SoCal Edison near its Chatsworth substation. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric (“PG&E”) on behalf of the family of Ernest Francis “Ernie” Foss, beloved father and musician, who was killed in the November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern California history. The lawsuit alleges that the Camp Fire was started by unsafe electrical infrastructure owned, operated, and (improperly) maintained by PG&E. [Read more…]
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and Edelson PC have filed a class action lawsuit in California Superior Court in San Francisco against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the devastating property damage, economic losses, and disruption to their homes, businesses, and livelihoods caused by the Camp wildfire (“Camp Fire”), started on November 8 by unsafe electrical infrastructure in Butte County owned, operated, and maintained by PG&E. The fire virtually leveled the town of Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and causing at least 88 deaths and many injuries. [Read more…]
Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in northern California, especially those who have lost their lives, homes, and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.
It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.
Various news reports indicate that the fire, being called the Camp Fire, broke out early Thursday and has already grown to burn over 80,000 acres in Northern California near Chico, essentially wiping out the town of Paradise and causing at least 40,000 residents to evacuate.
As the fire continues to rage, with only 5% containment, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. today informed Cal Fire regulators that a high-voltage line close to the starting point of the now-huge Camp Fire had experienced a problem and outage just before the first flames appeared. PG&E made a small filing to the California Public Utilities Commission indicating that it had recorded an outage on the line about 20 minutes before the Camp Fire started, approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, November 8th. [Read more…]
New large scale wildfires have broken out in Ventura County, California, affecting areas in Oak Park, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Bell Canyon, and other areas, fires that are spreading with near unprecedented speed. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and other outlets, the affected acreage has grown double in size in just a few hours from 14,000 acres to 35,000. A significant number of homes and other structures are already reported lost, and there are concerns that more residents will be affected as the fires show signs of moving further west toward the heavily populated San Fernando valley. [Read more…]