New Video Provides Simple Guide to Filing 2017-2018 Northern California Wildfire Claims

Northern California Wine Country Fires

Proof of claim process is easy but must be completed by Monday October 21st, 2019

PG&E has billions to pay wildfire victims, but not if they miss Monday’s deadline

If you were affected by the PG&E fires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you have until 5 PM on October 21, 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…]

NorCal WILDFIRE CLAIMS ALERT: October 21st Deadline Fast Approaching for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

NorCal WILDFIRE CLAIMS ALERT: October 21st Deadline Fast Approaching for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

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…]

Only 2 Weeks Left for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

NorCal WILDFIRE CLAIMS ALERT: October 21st Deadline Fast Approaching for 2017 and 2018 Northern California Wildfire Victims to File Claims Against PG&E

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.

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Santa Cruz Island MV Conception Dive Excursion Boat Fire Tragedy

Santa Cruz Island

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

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October 21 2019 Deadline for Northern California Wildfire Claims Against PG&E

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.

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…]

Official Facebook Page for Northern California Wildfire Assistance Program Goes Live

Wildfire Assistance program

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…]

Judge Sets Oct 21st Deadline for Northern California PG&E Wildfire Claims

California Wildfires

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Partner Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in California Woolsey Fire Cases

Lexi J. Hazam Appointed Co-Lead in California Woolsey Fire Cases

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…]

Cal Fire Determines 2018 Camp Fire Was Caused by PG&E Electrical Lines

California Wildfires

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit Against Southern California Edison for Losses and Damages Arising from the 2018 Woolsey Fire

California Wildfire

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 Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against PG&E on Behalf of 2018 Camp Wildfire Victim Ernest “Ernie” Foss

California Wildfires

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…]

Lieff Cabraser and Edelson PC File Class Action Lawsuit Against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for Losses and Damages Arising from the 2018 Camp Wildfire

Firefighters fighting burning blaze

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…]

Camp Wildfire Devastates Over 100,000 Acres, 40,000 Evacuated, PG&E Reports Equipment Flaws in Area

Firefighters fighting burning blaze

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 Wildfires Break Out in Ventura County – Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire

California Wildfires

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in Southern California Fire & Mudslides Class Action Lawsuit

California Wildfires

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…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at HarrisMartin’s Upcoming Southern California Wildfires & Mudslide Litigation Conference

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys to Speak at HarrisMartin’s Upcoming Southern California Wildfires & Mudslide Litigation Conference

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…]

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam Discuss North Bay Fire Lawsuits at HarrisMartin California Wildfire Litigation Conference

Elizabeth Cabraser and Lexi Hazam Discuss North Bay Fire Lawsuits at HarrisMartin California Wildfire Litigation Conference

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 and Co-Counsel File Class Action Against Southern California Edison Accountable for Damages and Losses Arising from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit Against SCE Over Thomas Fire and Mudslides

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…]

Investigation Into the Northern California Wine Country Fire Origins Continues

Northern California Wine Country Fires

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.
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