PG&E Sued For Allegedly Sparking Calif. Wildfire

Law360, New York (October 16, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has slapped a lawsuit on Pacific Gas & Electric Co., whose allegedly faulty maintenance of a power line easement led to a devastating California fire that destroyed 4,000 acres of national forest.

PG&E allegedly failed to remove a disease-weakened tree on its power line right of way, which fell onto a 66,000 volt line, igniting the 2004 “Sims Fire,” the government said in a suit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

The seven-claim complaint includes allegations...
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