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Northern California Fire Lawyers Files Lawsuit Alleging New Details About PG&E’s Role in the Ignition of the Camp Fire

December 10, 2018 GMT

CHICO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 10, 2018--Danko Meredith, Gibbs Law Group, and Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, a coalition of law firms known as Northern California Fire Lawyers, filed a new lawsuit against PG&E on behalf of several Camp Fire survivors who suffered injuries and lost their homes and businesses as a result of the region’s November 2018 wildfires. The lawsuit includes new details alleging that a critical failure of a wire hook on a PG&E power transmission line caused the Camp Fire to ignite, and that the broken component was not discovered because of PG&E’s systemic failure to inspect and maintain its decades-old power transmission lines.


Specifically, the plaintiffs assert that PG&E’s failure to properly inspect and maintain the power transmission tower led to damage to the tower’s extension wire, which brought the uninsulated wire into contact with the steel tower. This contact caused blazing hot molten materials to drop dropped into the dead and dry fuels below the conductor, which ignited the devastating Camp Fire. It is further alleged that on the afternoon of November 8, 2018, a day before the fire, PG&E’s aerial patrol observed damage to a steel transmission tower on the transmission circuit at what turned out to be the origin site of the Camp Fire.

“PG&E has an obligation to regularly inspect and maintain its power lines, which in some cases are nearly 100 years old, but it has failed time and again to do just that,” said Dario de Ghetaldi.

“This Fire was the result of PG&E’s long-standing ‘run-to-failure’ mentality. PG&E thinks it is more profitable to let its equipment fail and deal with the aftermath than it is to maintain its equipment properly in the first place. This time, PG&E miscalculated,” said Mike Danko.


Individuals and businesses that were affected, injured, or suffered damage from the Camp Fire and would like to learn more about their legal rights in the Camp Fire PG&E Lawsuits may contact our team at 530-831-FIRE. Our attorneys are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the Camp Fire. We pride ourselves on being there for our clients at every stage of the litigation, providing help and legal assistance in the immediate aftermath of the fire, all the way through settlement.

About Northern California Fire Lawyers

Northern California Fire Lawyers is a team of more than 30 attorneys from a coalition of three Northern California law firms: Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, Danko Meredith and Gibbs Law Group. Collectively, our fire lawyers have more experience investigating and bringing claims against PG&E than any law firm in California. Our attorneys have been appointed by California judges to leadership positions in some of the largest fire and disaster cases, including the Butte Fire Cases, 2017 PG&E Fire Cases, and San Bruno Explosion lawsuits.

We have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and members of our team have been honored for their work with numerous awards, including “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” and “Top Women Lawyers in Northern California,” among others.

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SOURCE: Northern California Fire Lawyers

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