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BREAKING NEWS: CAL FIRE Concludes Camp Fire Caused by PG&E

On May 15, 2019, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) declared that the devastating November 2018 Camp Fire, which decimated thousands of structures and took 85 lives, was indeed started by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) electrical transmission lines. The CAL FIRE report included details of two PG&E transmission lines that were knocked down, igniting the blaze. The utility company, which is currently going through federal bankruptcy, had set aside a $105 million relief fund for survivors (subject to approval by the bankruptcy court), but questions remain about PG&E’s role in the aftermath of the fire, including cleanup and additional financial assistance to fire victims.

If you or your family suffered losses during the Camp Fire, you may have a claim to recover compensation. Please contact us at (866) 265-0874 for a free consultation.

First Taxotere Bellwether Trial Slated to Begin September 2019

The first bellwether trial in the Taxotere litigation has been scheduled for September 2019—just one of more than 12,000 liability lawsuits claiming that the chemotherapy drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, failed to adequately warn patients that permanent hair loss may result from taking the drug. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in the Eastern District of Louisiana is presiding over the lawsuits, and this bellwether trial may help assess how juries will respond to evidence presented in the thousands of other lawsuits concerning Taxotere.

If you or a loved one were prescribed Taxotere for the treatment of breast cancer and suffered permanent hair loss, please contact us by calling (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

$105 Million Wildfire Assistance Fund Offered by PG&E

Four months after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) filed for bankruptcy following liabilities from the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, the utility giant has offered a $105 million relief fund for survivors of the November 2018 Camp Fire. The wildfire assistance program would “provide some relief to the people who lost their homes and are currently in need of temporary housing or have other urgent needs,” PG&E stated in a court filing.  The relief fund still needs the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court before PG&E can begin to make payments to wildfire victims.

Following the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, equipment owned by PG&E has been blamed for igniting the blaze that killed 85 people and damaged or destroyed more than 19,000 structures. Fire investigators have also determined that PG&E equipment was responsible for starting over a dozen other fires that raged through California in October 2017.

If you or your family suffered losses during the Camp Fire, you may have a claim to recover compensation. Please contact us at (866) 265-0874 for a free consultation.

CA Camp Fire Causes Toxic Drinking Water

Six months after the deadliest fire in California’s history raged through Paradise, CA, officials report that the drinking water in the town is contaminated with benzene, a chemical that has been linked to leukemia. Gasses emitted from burning homes led to the contamination when the cancer-causing chemical was sucked into the water pipes as water was drawn to combat the blaze. Officials estimate that 90% of the buildings in Paradise were destroyed. Residents have been warned not to drink, cook, bathe, or brush their teeth with tap water at this time.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

California Fire Report: Ideas, but No Action

On Friday April 12, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a report suggesting ways to prevent wildfires in the state of California. The report was published six months after the November 2018 Camp Fire blazed through Northern California—killing 85 people and causing more than $8 billion in insurance losses—and on the heels of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s bankruptcy declaration in January 2019 following allegations that the utility company is at fault for the fire.

The report explores whether insurers should be required to offer insurance to customers in high-risk areas, and suggests discouraging new development in high-risk fire areas. Another recommendation included is to change California's utility liability laws that require companies to pay for damages from wildfires caused by their equipment. Though ideas were laid out, a clear plan has not yet been put into place. Lawmakers will decide which actions to take. If action is not taken, the report’s authors predict gaps in electricity services, increased cost of electricity, and more destructive fires.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. 

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