The lawyers of Robins Cloud have a proven track record of zealously pursuing claims on behalf of families and businesses that have been affected by wildfires caused by utility companies. It is important to hold those responsible accountable in order to protect our communities from these dangers which can often be attributed to cases of poor equipment maintenance or outright neglect.
WOOLSEY FIRE - It happened in our backyard
The day the Woolsey Fire began, SCE issued an alert to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that a substation circuit near the Woolsey Fire origin “relayed,” or sensed a disturbance on the circuit, just two minutes before Cal Fire said the devastating fire began. This evidence strongly suggests that the Woolsey Fire was caused by SoCal Edison equipment. We will be very active in the Woolsey Fire litigation because it happened in our backyard, and we have many friends and colleagues who were affected.
CAMP FIRE - a New Story of an Old Story with PG&E
The Camp Fire was most likely started because of a malfunction of a PG&E transformer near the origin of the fire. Though PG&E has yet to take responsibility for the Camp Fire, investigations show that just minutes before the Camp Fire blazed to life, PG&E reported to the CPUC that an outage occurred with its 115kV line in Butte County just off Pulga Road.
More than a week after the Camp Fire ignited, state regulators were alerted to a PG&E outage that occurred on the Big Bend 12kV line in Concow less than 15 minutes after the Camp Fire blaze roared to life. This outage may be linked to the ‘second start’ of the Camp Fire east of the Concow reservoir. It remains unclear why the utility waited a week to report the failure and wildfire victims are questioning if the utility company may be trying to hide something. We already represent over 100 families and businesses who have been devastated by this fire, and will be working tirelessly to bring justice for our clients.
The Camp Fire comes after the tragic effects of the wildfires that swept through the North Bay in October 2017. The North Bay Fires resulted in at least 45 deaths, destroyed over 8800 structures and scorched over 245,000 acres. CalFire has so far determined that PG&E’s power equipment was responsible for causing 16 of the fires and referred 11 of the fires to local district attorneys for criminal investigation. Senator Jerry Hill has correctly concluded that PG&E has been more invested in its bottom line than it has ever been invested in safety and said something has to be done to stop the yearly destruction of the state. Fines and penalties aren’t enough to make the company change. PG&E must be held accountable.
Robins Cloud is a leader in Wildfire Litigation in California
Robins Cloud has a breadth of knowledge and experience in California fire cases. Name partner Bill Robins serves as co-lead counsel of the North Bay Fire cases, where our firm represents several hundred families against PG&E arising out of the fires last October in the North Bay. Bill also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Thomas Fire which SoCal Edison has admitted was caused by its equipment. Firm partner Rob Bryson has also been involved in many of the major wildfire cases in California in the last decade, and one of our associates Kevin Pollack represented subrogation clients in fire cases before joining our firm, so we have a deep background in wildfire cases.
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