Calif.'s Proposed Wildfire Liability Cap Sparks Criticism

Law360, San Diego (May 25, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. attorney in Sacramento on Thursday attacked a provision in Gov. Jerry Brown's revised California budget seeking to limit damages from wildfire liability, claiming the measure pandered to the timber industry and would undermine the federal government's suit against Sierra Pacific Industries Inc.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner said the proposed legislation appears to be a "fairly cynical attempt" by Sierra Pacific to weaken the government's position in its case claiming the state's biggest timber firm and others were to...
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