Judge Pares Defenses Deflecting Wildfire Blame To USFS

Law360, New York (June 5, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday agreed to toss several affirmative defenses in the federal government's suit alleging Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. and others were to blame for causing a massive wildfire that burned 65,000 acres in Plumas and Lassen counties in September 2007.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller granted in part and denied in part the federal government's motion for summary judgment over the Moonlight Fire, agreeing to toss Sierra Pacific's arguments of recoupment, comparative negligence based on mismanagement of National Forest lands and...
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