Judge Sanctions Cal Fire $32M For Conduct In Wildfire Suit

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (February 6, 2014, 2:40 PM EST) -- A California state judge on Tuesday hammered the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection with $32 million in sanctions for its "corrupt" and "reprehensible" conduct that "reeked of bad faith" in a battle with Sierra Pacific Industries and others over a devastating 2007 forest fire.

In a decision granting Sierra Pacific's motion for monetary and terminating sanctions, California Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols slammed Cal Fire and the California attorney general's office for its conduct in a lawsuit seeking damages from Sierra Pacific for the Moonlight Fire, which ignited 65,000 acres of forest near Sacramento. Judge Nichols dismissed the suit...

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