PG&E, Contractors Pay $30M To Douse Forest Fire Suits

Law360, New York (March 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT) -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and two of its contractors have agreed to pay the U.S. government a total of $29.5 million to settle allegations that its negligence in tree trimming caused two 2004 forest fires on California federal land, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Thursday.

The fires, known as the Freds Fire and Sims Fire, burned a total of 7,600 acres of national forest land, officials said.

In one case, Davis Tree Surgery Co. will pay $12 million to settle a suit alleging the Freds...
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