PG&E Says Private Ownership Saves It From Wildfire Liability

Law360, San Francisco (November 19, 2019, 10:07 PM EST) -- Facing billions of dollars in wildfire liability, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. urged a U.S. bankruptcy judge in San Francisco on Tuesday to find that it's not on the hook under the state's inverse condemnation doctrine because it's investor-owned rather than a public entity.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali heard oral arguments on whether the state constitution's doctrine of inverse condemnation places wildfire liability on an investor-owned utility regardless of whether negligence is proven.

PG&E attorney Kevin Orsini of Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP argued that California's wildfire inverse condemnation doctrine does not apply to the utility and only applies to true...

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