California Court Denies Defendant SoCalGas’ Bid to Strike Class Claims & Business Loss Complaint in Porter Ranch Gas Leak Cases

Natural Gas Processing Plant

On May 8, 2017, Judge John Wiley, Jr. of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued an Order in the Southern California Gas Leak Cases, JCCP 4861 and related cases, denying all three of SoCalGas’ motions. SoCalGas moved to strike the class claims of businesses and property owners over the liability of Southern California Gas relating to the massive gas leak near Porter Ranch that started in October 2015. SoCalGas also asked the Court to throw out the Business Class Action Complaint on the basis that purely economic losses are not recoverable for this kind of case. [Read more…]

Massive Porter Ranch California Natural Gas Leak Continues Despite Repeated Fix Efforts

Natural gas field

It is a disaster that has been described by at least one Los Angeles city official as “the equivalent of the BP oil spill, except on land.” Since late October 2015, natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. The uncapped well is also pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Property values have been diminished by the ongoing leak as well as the threat of future leaks from the same facility. [Read more…]