Texas Landowners Can't Prove Oncor Caused Grass Fire

Law360 (July 11, 2019, 9:08 PM EDT) -- West Texas landowners can't pin the blame for a grass fire on power transmission company Oncor because they can't prove Oncor is more likely to have been responsible for the blaze than another possible cause, a Texas appellate court held Thursday.

The Eleventh Court of Appeals said the property owners can't hold Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC  liable for the fire under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor — under which a party can be held liable without proof of a specific act of negligence by the company when it's impossible to know the sequence of events or cause of an...

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