PG&E Fire Victim Trust Sues PG&E Executives and Officers for Causing Devastating Northern California…

first_img Pinterest Pinterest The Camp Fire was the result of defendants’ failure to ensure that aging equipment was detected and replaced as part of PG&E’s transmission inspection program. Specifically, a “C -hook” mounted on a transmission tower that was more than 100 years old failed which ignited a fire. The Fire Victim Trust seeks monetary damages, and injunctive or declaratory relief necessary to reform PG&E’s corporate governance. In addition to Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, the FVT is represented in this matter by co-counsel Bottini & Bottini, Inc.; Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger; Dreyer, Babich, Bucchola, Wood, Campora LLP; and Corey, Luzaich, De Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP. About the Fire Victim Trust Under the direction of the Trustee, the Honorable John K. Trotter (Ret.) and the Claims Administrator Cathy Yanni, the Fire Victim Trust provides an efficient and equitable process to compensate Fire Victims for both economic and non-economic damages caused by these fires, including destruction or damage to real estate and personal property, additional living expenses, lost wages, business losses, emotional distress, personal injury and death. For more information, visit FireVictimTrust.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005907/en/ CONTACT: Nick Gaffney Zumado Public Relations [email protected] 415.732.7801 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Fire Victim Trust Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 01:27 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 01:27 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005907/en WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook Local NewsBusiness TAGS  PG&E Fire Victim Trust Sues PG&E Executives and Officers for Causing Devastating Northern California Wildfires SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– The Fire Victim Trust (FVT) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against certain former officers and directors of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for their role in causing the catastrophic 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2018 Camp Fire. The Fire Victim Trust retained the right to bring suit as part of the 2020 settlement between the fire victims and PG&E. The lawsuit, John Trotter, Trustee of the PG&E Fire Victim Trust v. Lewis Chew, et al., San Francisco Superior Case No. CGC-18-572326, alleges that the wildfires were a direct result of the defendants’ breach of their fiduciary duties to act in the best interests of PG&E. The North Bay Fires and Camp Fire killed over 100 people, injured many more, and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes. “It is our duty to hold accountable the prior officers and directors who grossly neglected to do their jobs in the lead-up to the North Bay Fires and the Camp Fire. These individuals had the responsibility to customers, employees, shareholders, and the public to ensure that safety was one of PG&E’s highest priorities. They had the power to do so. Yet they failed, at enormous financial cost to the company and indescribable cost to entire Northern California communities,” said Hon. Justice John K. Trotter (ret.), Trustee of the FVT. “In my role as the individual appointed by the court to oversee the compensation of Fire Victims, I have a legal and ethical obligation to ensure they receive every dollar they are entitled to,” said Justice Trotter. Frank Pitre, of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, who is serving as co-lead counsel for the FVT said: “Tens of thousands of people have needlessly suffered because PG&E’s former officers and directors failed to adopt robust policies and procedures for vegetation management or provide oversight of PG&E’s aging transmission tower infrastructure. Until now they have not been called to account for their conduct that resulted in tremendous harm to the fire victims.” The Complaint alleges the following circumstances leading to the 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2018 Camp Fire:At the time of the North Bay Fires, the defendants had not installed and implemented a power shutoff system as was used by other utilities. This system was needed because, after years of PG&E failing to maintain a vegetation management program, in windy weather trees were making contact with the distribution lines and causing fires. By 2017, PG&E was six years behind on its vegetation management program, and the only way to prevent fires was to shut the power off. In addition to lacking such a system and not keeping vegetation properly trimmed and maintained, defendants also failed to take other measures to prevent wildfire risks. Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 WhatsApp Previous article PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals to Host Virtual Investor and Analyst Day on March 15, 2021Next articleL&T Technology Services Selected by Airbus for Skywise Partner Programme Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Reggae Boyz to face Saudi Arabia

first_imgJamaica’s national soccer team, the Reggae Boyz, will be play Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium, also called Pearl of Stadiums, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 7.Qualified for 2018 World CupSaudi Arabia have already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, The Saudi’s join Iran, Japan and Republic of Korea as the teams from Asia in the world’s top soccer tournament in Russia.Saudi Arabia finished second in their Group behind Japan. The team also qualified in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.Seeking high quality games The new President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, in agreeing to the game, said, “This is an indication of our intent to continue seeking high-quality international friendly games for the senior team. This level of opposition provides an opportunity for the players and technical team to continue the rebuilding of a successful Reggae Boyz team.”To the disappointment of Jamaican soccer fans home and in the Diaspora the Reggae Boyz were eliminated from competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the qualifying round.Anticipate highly competitive gameThe Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore, also welcomed the opportunity for his team to play in Saudi Arabia, stating: “I anticipate a highly competitive fixture which is excellent for our plans moving forward.”The Reggae Boyz have played Saudi Arabia three times, winning one, losing one and drawing the other. The teams played to a 0-0 draw on May 4, 1998; Jamaican won the next encounter 2-1 on July 13, 1999 in the US, but lost the third game 0-4 two days later.The Jamaican squad to travel to Saudi Arabia will be announced later this week.About the Reggae BoyzJamaica’s Reggae Boyz gained worldwide popularity after they qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. They have won the Caribbean Cup five times (1991, 1998, 2005, 2008, and 2010), finished second twice, and came third twice.Read more about the Reggae Boyz:Jamaica Reggae Boyz captain, Andre Blake, denied UK work permitlast_img read more