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…]
On July 10, 2018, Judge Daniel Buckley of the California Superior Court issued an order naming Lieff Cabraser as Co-Lead Counsel for Individual Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Southern California Edison relating to losses suffered by individuals and businesses in the December 2017 wildfires in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California, and the subsequent devastating January 2018 mudslides that affected over 6,000 homes and killed at least 20 people. [Read more…]
Multiple Lieff Cabraser attorneys will be participating in HarrisMartin’s Southern California Wildfires and Mudslide Litigation Conference on May 8, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Ray, California. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser partners Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam participated in HarrisMartin’s “California Wildfire Litigation Conference: Strategic Overview of The North Bay Fires Agenda” at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on February 26th. Lexi participated in a panel examining “Key Legal Issues,” then Elizabeth and Lexi together addressed “The Role of the Class Case” in a subsequent panel. More information about the conference is available online. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Cappello & Noël LLP, and Keller Rohrback LLP announce that Victoria Frost d/b/a Frost Fit and seven other plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Southern California Edison Company and Edison International for personal and business losses from the 2017-2018 Thomas Fire and Mudslides that occurred as a result of SCE’s alleged failure to properly and safely maintain its electrical infrastructure in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. [Read more…]
2017 Wine Country Wildfires
A series of fires in Northern California wine country have killed 43 people and seriously injured over 100. They have destroyed approximately 240,000 acres and close to 9,000 buildings, including thousands of homes as well as wineries, farms, hotels and restaurants, and retail businesses. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced across Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, with many still unable to return home or without homes to return to. These fires are the most destructive in California history, and property and business losses are expected to be in the billions.
Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries and can even explode. [Read more…]