On September 26, 2022, various news outlets reported that PG&E admitted officials with the U.S. Forest Service had seized a power pole and other equipment amid an ongoing criminal investigation into the start of the Mosquito Fire in Placer County. Lieff Cabraser continues to investigate the events leading to the fire, which has consumed over 75,000 acres.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee and many other news organizations, many of California’s most destructive fires in the last few years have been caused by insufficiently or improperly maintained utility company equipment, including power lines damaged by overgrowth, winds, and other weather.
Our hearts go out to our friends, neighbors, and all first- and other responders facing this ongoing disaster.
Lieff Cabraser represents numerous plaintiffs in the Thomas Fire and Woolsey Fire cases in Southern California. Victims of those fires and related mudslides have recovered approximately $1 billion to date for their losses and injuries. In Northern California, Lieff Cabraser represented victims of the North Bay and Camp Fires as creditors in the PG&E bankruptcy; in 2019, we helped guide negotiations with PG&E that culminated in an historic $13.5 billion trust settlement on behalf of wildfire victims.
We continue to investigate a wide range of legal claims on behalf of those displaced, injured and otherwise affected by these and other utility-caused fires.