Calif. Makes Another Attempt At Reining In Wildfire Damages

Law360, San Diego (July 3, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT) -- Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to limit the amount of damages federal and California agencies can seek when timber companies and large landowners are found liable for wildfires, in a draft bill written at his direction Monday after an initial proposal stalled.

The draft measure bars a public agency that is bringing a wildfire liability lawsuit from seeking to enhance any monetary or environmental damages, requiring that monetary damages be “quantifiable and not unreasonable in relation to the prefire fair market value of the property, taking into...
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