PG&E To Stop Making Settlement Offers To Individual Plaintiff’s

PG&E To Stop Making Settlement Offers To Individual Plaintiff’s

The news of the expected bankruptcy filing of PG&E have made headlines across the state over the past few days, and the implications have already started to unravel in Calaveras County, where the Butte Fire was ignited from a PG&E power line in Amador County. The 70,000-plus acre blaze resulted in the filing of thousands of private claims by impacted property owners, many of which have still yet to settle with the utility. Now according to PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo, due to recent wildfire related lawsuits and the subsequent financial uncertainty surrounding them, PG&E has stopped making settlement offers to individual plaintiff’s at this time. Merlo said that PG&E has settled more than 2,900 if the 4,000 claims in total, leaving more than 1,000 recovering fire victims pending settlement. Merlo went on to say, the company continues to be open to discussions with individual plaintiff’s and their counsel to better understand their views about their cases and to make the best effort to identify a possible settlement range, but was unable to provide any indication as to when or whether the cases would be addressed in the future. Calaveras County officials have expressed their disappointment with the utility actions, stressing that the delay in settlements would be another barrier to recovery for Butte Fire victims. PG&E announced yesterday, the state’s largest utility, is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for voluntary reorganization on or about January 29.

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