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Camp Fire Survivors Eligible for $900 from the Red Cross

Survivors of the November 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA may be eligible to receive $900 from the American Red Cross. To determine eligibility for this cash payment, survivors can visit the Paradise Disaster Recovery Centers in Paradise, Chico or Oroville.

The devastating wildfire was the deadliest in the state’s history—killing 86 and destroying thousands of residences and other buildings. 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. We offer free consultations.

PG&E Seeks to Establish Trust Fund for Camp Fire Victims

Just two days after Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for bankruptcy amid claims that the company was responsible for starting the Camp Fire in Northern California last fall, PG&E has now suggested that it may establish a trust fund to begin compensating victims. The trust fund would be funded “in various ways,” and aims to expedite payments to victims of the wildfires while the bankruptcy is ongoing.

The November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County killed eighty-six people and destroyed or damaged over 19,000 structures. If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Camp Fire Victims Forced to Abandon RVs, Property

On Monday, February 4, the Paradise Town Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance that allowed people to live on their properties in RVs in areas where the Camp Fire once burned. The ordinance was originally passed in December 2018 to allow town residents to live on their properties damaged by the fire. However, when the town council learned they could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if they continued to allowed people to live amongst the debris, the council took action. The timeline dictating when people must clear their properties is still unknown, but the council says it plans to work with each family in the temporary relocation process.

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. We offer free consultations.

Huge Win for Zofran Plaintiffs, Claims Proceed Closer to Jury Trial

On February 5, 2019, the Massachusetts judge presiding over the Zofran (ondansetron) birth defect multi-district ligation rejected GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) motion for summary judgment based on preemption. U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said that questions remain about whether GSK fully disclosed key data to the FDA about the anti-nausea drug, and if this data may have impacted the federal regulator’s decision on Zofran’s warning label. “In other words, GSK must essentially show that the FDA either had the disputed information, or that the disputed information would not have made a difference had it been provided,” he said. Now, following this ruling, the preemption defense will not prevent the claims from being heard by a jury.

Zofran (ondansetron) is an anti-nausea drug approved by the FDA for use in cancer patients and those who underwent major surgery, but has been allegedly promoted off-label, for unapproved uses. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that GSK illegally promoted Zofran (ondansetron) to treat morning sickness in pregnant women, and that the drug caused birth defects such as congenital heart defects and cleft palate.

Plaintiffs’ firm Grant & Eisenhofer filed the first case in the country and over 20 others on behalf of women and families affected by Zofran (ondansetron)—and also serves as co-lead on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the litigation. Call us today at 877-978-0169 if you or a loved one took Zofran (ondansetron) during your first trimester and your child was born with a congenital heart defect or cleft palate.

Oroville Camp Fire Disaster Assistance Center to Close

FEMA has announced that Friday, February 8th will be the final day of operation for the Camp Fire Disaster Assistance Center in Oroville, CA. The center provides various kinds of disaster recovery resources for homeowners, renters and small-business owners, such as paperwork to file for government aid, government cleanup of debris, and government loans. The Disaster Assistance Centers in Chico and Paradise will continue to operate beyond the end of this week.

The November 2018 Camp Fire raged through Northern California, killing 86 civilians and destroying 19,000 properties. Individuals affected by the devastating wildfire have until February 15, 2019 to register for federal disaster loan assistance programs. FEMA is encouraging all survivors to do so.

Survivors of the Camp Fire may also be able to file lawsuits against PG&E for compensation to help pay for expenses associated with these wildfires, such as injuries, deaths, and property damage. If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

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