Lawsuits Filed by Nuns Fire Survivors Against PG&E

Our attorneys have filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Nuns Fire and the series of smaller fires that merged with it, alleging that PG&E’s failure to update aging infrastructure and maintain trees near its power lines caused the fires.

According to the complaint, the Nuns Fire merged with the Partrick Fire around Sonoma Square, and then combined with the Adobe, Norrbom, Pressley, and Oakmont fires. Specifically, the lawsuit says, the Nuns and other fires were ignited when energized electrical distribution lines came in contact with nearby vegetation.

Read a copy of the Nuns Fire Lawsuit.

Nuns Fire survivors may have legal claims to compensation from PG&E for property losses, serious injuries, and other damages. Explore your options and your claims with a trusted fire attorney today, free.

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Background on the Nuns Fire

The Nuns Fire began on October 8, 2017 and burned over 56,000 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. Before the fire was fully contained on October 31, 2017, it destroyed almost 7,000 structures and damaged over 400 more. Almost 80 percent of the land burned by the Nuns Fire was privately owned.

Areas affected by the Nuns Fire include the Oakmont watershed, the Highway 12 corridor between Nuns Canyon and the City of Sonoma, Mount Veeder, Bennett Valley, and the western portion of Napa Valley. The communities of Glen Ellen and Kenwood were particularly hard hit.

Is PG&E Responsible for the Nuns Fire?

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the suspected origin point of the Nuns Fire is up Nuns Canyon Road, northeast of Highway 12. The Chronicle reported that “investigators took photos of burned tree branches and what appeared to be a downed power line marked as evidence.” Similarly, the Chronicle also reported that an investigation into the source of the Partrick Fire took place on Patrick Road on the south slope of Mount Veeder in Napa County. Reportedly, Cal Fire investigators were evaluating “downed power lines.”

PG&E also reported a safety incident the night of the fire at 1210 Nuns Canyon Road, where a tree top broke and fell on an open wire (Incident No. 171016-8576 ). According to the Napa Valley Register, this report corresponds to the fire origin identified by Cal Fire and visited by the Chronicle.

Our Experience

The law firms of Danko Meredith, Gibbs Law Group, and Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle each has experience representing California businesses and families that have suffered losses in previous fires, and we have successfully litigated against some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the country, including PG&E.

We’ve prevailed in prior litigation against PG&E.

  • Following the 2015 Butte fire that destroyed over 70,000 acres, we proved that PG&E was liable for property damage.
  • We did the same in the cases arising from the San Bruno Fires, settling all of them in 2013 – just three years after the blaze.

We know more about PG&E’s fire prevention policies and litigation tactics than nearly anyone.

  • We know how PG&E’s fire prevention programs are supposed to work, how they fall short in practice, and why.
  • We have PG&E’s litigation playbook.
  • We know PG&E inside and out and believe that their approach which values profits over consumer safety needs to change. This will keep happening unless we take action.

Our unique experience positions us to represent our clients’ interests better than anyone else.

Meet Our Attorneys

Brad Bowen

Danko Meredith

Scott Comerford

Gibbs Law Group LLP

Steve Lopez

Gibbs Law Group LLP

Dario de Ghetaldi

Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle

More About Our Team

Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle

Attorneys Dario de Ghetaldi and Amanda Riddle of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle were co-liaison counsel for nearly 50 families in litigation against PG&E concerning the September 2010 explosion of a 30-inch natural gas transmission line in San Bruno. They currently represent over 200 families who are victims of the 2015 Butte Fire that devastated over 70,000 acres.

Danko Meredith

The attorneys of Danko Meredith have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients; Mike Danko was recently honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association.

Gibbs Law Group

Gibbs Law Group’s attorneys bring more than two decades of experience representing clients in complex cases against utility companies, banks and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Daily Journal named Eric Gibbs to its prestigious list of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California” for 2016, and Law360 recognized Eric as a “2016 Consumer Protection MVP,” the only plaintiff-side lawyer in the country selected in that category.