PG&E, Contractors To Pay $51M To End Calif. Wildfire Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (June 6, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT) -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its contractors have agreed to pay $50.5 million to settle litigation over two California wildfires that burned more than 18,000 acres of national forest and cost $13.5 million to suppress, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

The U.S. alleges that the defendants' neglect caused the Power Fire and the Whiskey Fire, which occurred in October 2004 and June 2008, respectively. The first fire occurred in Eldorado National Forest in Amador County in a remote location near the Salt Springs...
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