Our Butte Fire Law Attorneys Are Dedicated to Restoring Calaveras and Amador Counties and Bringing People Home

In the devastating aftermath of the Butte Fires, evidence indicates a tree hitting PG&E’s 12,000-volt power line may have sparked the 70,000-acre fire in the Sierra foothills that claimed 863 structures, countless acres of property and left large swaths of small towns burned and damaged.  Although PG&E has said it spends millions to manage trees along its 134,000 miles of power line, growing information indicates that the company did not properly clear vegetation around its power lines. FullSizeRender


Can the Butte Fire Lawsuit Help You?

Many residents and property owners that have been impacted by the Butte Fire are now wondering if they can or should join the Butte Fire lawsuit even if they have insurance. The answer is yes! There are a plethora of damages that you are entitled to recover that aren’t covered by insurance. As many property owners have learned, often insurance doesn’t fully compensate for the complete replacement cost of furniture or other expensive items and all policies have exclusions or limits for certain property. Even the best insurance policies may not fully cover items with substantial value like trees, lawns and crops. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports that many policies will only pay up to 5 percent of the true value for that damage!  

Our team of experienced attorneys is investigating claims against PG&E and other responsible third parties and is committed to helping restore victims of the fire, including those who may have lost their homes, businesses and personal property, or were harmed as a result of the Butte fire whether they are tenant or owners and whether they are insured or not. Our priority is to hold PG&E accountable and help our clients be fully compensated.  The Butte Fire team can help recover the damages that you have suffered as a result of the Butte Fire including:

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  • Scorched, Burned, or Damaged Property and Outbuildings

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  • Property Damage

  • Vegetation and Tree Damage

  • Personal Property Loss

  • Emotional Distress

  • Loss of Quiet Enjoyment of Property

  • Business Loss

  • Injury to or Loss of Livestock and Domestic Animals

  • Burned and Totaled Vehicles

  • Uninsured and Under-Insured Damages

  • Out-Of-Pocket Expenses Incurred (Hotels, Camping, Meals, etc.)


June 2016 Litigation Update by Butte Fire Law Attorneys:

The Butte Fire Case is underway, with many hearings and upcoming events but if you are interested in joining the litigation, it is not too late. Our Butte Fire Law attorneys will work with you individually, to make sure that your case is prepared and added to the lawsuit.

On May 11, 2016 co-liaison counsel for Plaintiffs, Butte Fire Law Attorneys  Amanda Riddle and Dario de Ghetaldi, met with Defense counsel and Judge Sumner and his staff to discuss logistical issues related to the Butte Fire Lawsuit.  The attorneys and the Court discussed deadlines for filing of several documents that are needed to keep the case moving forward.

On May 23, 2016, Plaintiffs filed a Master Complaint on behalf of all current and potential Plaintiffs.  The Master Complaint states all claims that are being pursued against PG&E, ACRT and Trees, Inc., for the damage these companies caused to each of individuals by starting the Butte Fire. The devil

On May 24, 2016, all counsel met with the Court to discuss the status of the case.  88 cases have been identified as entitled to “preference.”  Under the law, a case is entitled to “preference” if the Plaintiff is over the age of 70 and has health issues that require priority treatment.  The parties are discussing a procedure for assessing and resolving these cases as soon as possible.

At the May 24, 2016 hearing, the attorneys agreed to, and the Court signed, a Protective Order, which will protect as confidential any personal information provided by Plaintiffs, including any medical or health information.

The Court set the next status conference for July 14, 2016.  At this conference, the attorneys will discuss with the Court a trial plan.

The Court will be launching a website dedicated to this coordinated case, in an effort to keep all Plaintiffs and the public up to date on the proceedings.  We will provide you that link once the website is launched.

Our Butte Fire Law attorneys at Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi, Nastari and Riddle LLP, and at Danko Meredith Law are dedicated to helping victims of the Butte Fire receive the compensation to which they are entitled under the law for the fire that occurred in September 2015 that left many homeless and devastated much of the beautiful tree filled landscape of Calaveras and Amador Counties.

Butte Fire Law Attorneys are happy to answer your questions about the Butte Fire cases, clean-up efforts and options available to you, and address any concerns you may have about the Butte Fire Cases against PG&E, ACRT, and Trees, Inc.  Our team of experienced Butte Fire Lawyers can help you decide if joining the Butte Fire Law Attorneys in the case against PG&E, ACRT and Trees Inc., is right for you. To learn more please visit Butte Fire Law – Your Trusted Butte Fire Attorney Facebook Page or call (209) 691-FIRE to learn more about Butte Fire Law, the Butte Fire cases and to talk to a member of the Butte Fire Attorneys.


PG&E’S FAULT COULD LEAD TO PAYMENTS OF OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. could end up paying hundreds of millions of dollars, possibly a billion dollars, to compensate for damage caused by September’s Butte Fire in Calaveras County, based on lawsuits already filed, claims anticipated and the past history of similar court cases in California. The Calaveras Enterprise  details how much damage has been caused and what’s coming next for those who have filed suit against PG&E.


May 2016 Litigation Update by Butte Fire Law Attorneys:

On April 22, 2016 over 20 attorneys for all parties appeared before Judge Sumner for the first Case Management Conference.  The Court appointed Butte Fire Law Attorney Amanda Riddle, to serve as co-liaison counsel for the victims of the Butte Fire, placing the Butte Fire Law Attorney team in a significant leadership position.  Ms. Riddle was nominated for the liaison counsel position by counsel for all Plaintiffs as a result of her exemplary work as co-liaison counsel for Plaintiffs in the PG&E “San Bruno Fire” Cases.

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The attorneys worked with the Court to develop a case management plan and a schedule that will expeditiously move the cases through the litigation process, with the hopes of a swift resolution for the victims.  The Court scheduled another informal conference with Plaintiffs’ liaison counsel and Defense counsel on May 11, to discuss the logistics of coordinating the cases in the Sacramento Superior Court and a further Case Management Conference on May 24, where counsel will report on the progress of the case. We have also served PG&E, ACRT and Tree, Inc., with substantial requests for information and documents, which we intend to use to bolster the claim that they are fully responsible for causing this fire.

Our Butte Fire Law attorneys at Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi, Nastari and Riddle LLP, and at Danko Meredith Law are dedicated to helping victims of the Butte Fire receive the compensation to which they are entitled under the law for the fire that occurred in September 2015 that left many homeless and devastated much of the beautiful tree filled landscape of Calaveras and Amador Counties.

Butte Fire Law Attorneys are happy to answer your questions about the Butte Fire cases, clean-up efforts and options available to you, and address any concerns you may have about the Butte Fire Cases against PG&E, ACRT, and Trees, Inc.  Our team of experienced Butte Fire Lawyers can help you decide if joining the Butte Fire Law Attorneys in the case against PG&E, ACRT and Trees Inc., is right for you. To learn more please visit Butte Fire Law – Your Trusted Butte Fire Attorney Facebook Page or call (209) 691-FIRE to learn more about Butte Fire Law, the Butte Fire cases and to talk to a member of the Butte Fire Attorneys.


CAL FIRE REPORT CONFIRMS PG&E’S ROLE IN CAUSING THE BUTTE FIRE

Cal Fire has released its official findings on the cause of the Butte Fire. The agency concluded that the fire was started by a tree coming into contact with PG&E wires. PG&E has a regulatory obligation, which the company clearly failed to meet here, to maintain trees in a manner that will prevent them from coming into contact with PGE electrical wires and causing fires such as this one. Butte Fire Law Attorneys continue to work to hold the company and its contractors responsible for all damage suffered by the victims of the fire.

See Cal Fire’s press release here

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March 2016 Litigation Update by Butte Fire Law Attorneys:

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The Butte Fire cases have been coordinated and assigned to Judge Allen Sumner of the Sacramento County Superior Court. Pursuant to the California Rules of Court, we expect our first status conference with the judge to be held by late April. Stay tuned….

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February 2016 Litigation Update By Butte Fire Law Attorneys: Victims of the Butte Fire will have their Cases Coordinated for Pre-Trial Matters

On behalf of their clients – victims of the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties – Butte Fire Law Attorneys asked the California Judicial Council to coordinate the pre-trial handling of their cases. IMG_4980

Coordination allows two or more cases that share common questions of fact or law and that are pending in different counties to be joined in one court.  Here, attorneys filed many cases on behalf of victims of the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties, in the San Francisco Superior Court, where PG&E is located, and in the Calaveras County Superior Court, where the majority of damage from the Butte Fire occurred. When complex actions are sought to be coordinated, a petition to coordinate the actions is submitted to the Chair of the Judicial Council (the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), who assigns a motion judge to decide the merits of the petition.  If coordination is recommended by the motion judge, the Chief Justice assigns the matter to a coordination trial judge.

In response to the request from your Butte Fire attorneys to coordinate the cases, the Chief Justice first asked Calaveras County Presiding Judge, the Honorable Grant Barret, to handle the matter.  Judge Barret chose to recuse himself because his close connection to the case and the local community in Calaveras and Amador County.

Ultimately, the Honorable Thomas Smith was assigned to hear the Butte Fire plaintiffs’ petition for coordination.  Judge Smith agreed with Butte Fire Law Attorneys that the large numbers of cases filed as a result of the Butte Fire should be coordinated.  He recommended to the Judicial Council that the cases be coordinated and named the Sacramento County Superior Court as the most appropriate site for the Butte Fire coordinated proceedings.  Although many assumed the entire case would be heard in Calaveras County, the location of witnesses, the smaller size of the Calaveras County Superior Court and the larger facilities, numbers of judges and resources available in Sacramento, made the Sacramento County Superior Court a logical choice for the multitude of cases to be heard in this coordinated proceeding.

As expected, the Chief Justice placed great weight on Judge Smith’s recommendation and, on February 9, 2016, issued an order authorizing the Presiding Judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court, the Honorable Kevin R. Culhane, to assign the coordinated cases to a judge in that county.  Judge Culhane will either keep the case or assign it to another judge in Sacramento County.  We will update this site once we know the identity of the coordination trial judge.

Butte Fire lawyers believe that the coordination of the cases for pre-trial purposes in the Sacramento County Superior Court will allow the victims of the Butte Fire to receive justice for the injuries to their daily lives, properties, homes and communities caused by the fire and resulting erosion and debris, as quickly and efficiently as possible. Residents and visitors alike are eager see the homes, properties and communities in West Point, Mountain Ranch, San Andreas, Jackson, Sheep Ranch, Railroad Flat and Mokelumne Hill, cleaned up, rebuilt and restored to the vibrant areas that have drawn people to Calaveras and Amador counties since well before the California Gold Rush.

Our Butte Fire Law attorneys at Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi, Nastari and Riddle LLP, and at Danko Meredith Law are dedicated to helping victims of the Butte Fire receive the compensation to which they are entitled under the law for the fire that occurred in September 2015 that left many homeless and devastated much of the beautiful tree filled landscape of Calaveras and Amador Counties.

Butte Fire Law Attorneys are happy to answer your questions about the Butte Fire cases, clean-up efforts and options available to you, and address any concerns you may have about the Butte Fire Cases against PG&E, ACRT, and Trees, Inc.  Our team of experienced Butte Fire Lawyers can help you decide if joining the Butte Fire Law Attorneys in the case against PG&E, ACRT and Trees Inc., is right for you. To learn more please visit Butte Fire Law – Your Trusted Butte Fire Attorney Facebook Page or call (209) 691-FIRE to learn more about Butte Fire Law, the Butte Fire cases and to talk to a member of the Butte Fire Attorneys.

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If you or someone you know suffered damages as a result of the Butte Fire, contact our Butte Fire team to discuss your legal rights and get a free and confidential consultation with a Butte Fire team attorney at 209-691-FIRE (209-691-3473.)


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Visit us on Facebook at Butte Fire Law – Your Trusted Butte Fire Attorneys for more details, additional resources and upcoming events. 

 

YouTube-logo-full_colorCheck out our Informational Video about the Town Hall Meeting for Butte Fire Victims on YouTube. 


 

You can also learn more about Butte Fire damages at http://www.capersonalinjurycaselawnotes.com/articles/butte-fire/ where Attorney Mike Danko analyzes the complex issues raised by the Butte Fire like the impacts of the fire on your trees and property and PG&E’s responsibility related to the Butte Fire.

For more information about the impact of the Fire on the environment in Calaveras and Amador County see the Post Fire Emergency Watershed Response Team Report


 

The Butte Fire Legal Team Frequently Hosts Town Hall Meetings to Address Community Concerns. Previous Topics include:

Responding to PG&E’s Tree Removal Program and More

Click Here to View our Upcoming Scheduled Events in San Andreas and Mountain Ranch

Our Butte Fire Team will answer your questions and can provide information about:

  • Your Legal Rights and Options in Pursuing a Claim Against PG&E

  • Tree and Debris Removal

  • The Overall Tree Removal Process

  • Restoring the Community

  • Claims for Property Damage Including Reimbursement and Compensation for Trees

  • PG&E’s History of Putting Profits Over Safety

  • Short and Long Term impacts to your property, health and safety


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