Texas Wildfire Victims Sue Bluebonnet For Negligence

Law360, New York (September 27, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT) -- Three Bastrop County, Texas, residents on Monday hit Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Inc. with the first lawsuit over a historic wildfire that ravaged more than 34,000 acres, claiming the utility committed gross negligence by failing to properly maintain its easements.

Bluebonnet had a duty to cut, trim and remove trees in and around Bastrop area easements that threatened its power lines, according to the complaint filed in Texas state court. The utility failed to take reasonable steps to meet that responsibility, especially in light of extreme drought...
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