As reported by news outlets across the US, a series of gas explosions in and around Lawrence and North Andover, Massachusetts have led to more than 70 fires burning in at least 20 homes. Stories in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle detail a wide swath of residential infernos, with at least 23 people injured and scores of others directed to swiftly evacuate their homes. Officials are also cutting electric power to affected areas to prevent stray sparks from igniting additional fires. [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…]