California’s Department of Insurance is holding workshops and one-on-one meetings for Camp Fire survivors this month. The workshops are scheduled for 10-11 AM on February 23 at Chico State University’s Laxson Auditorium. Anyone interested in scheduling a one-on-one appointment with the Department of Insurance should call 1-800-927-4357.
More information is available here.
Judge Dennis Montali, who is overseeing PG&E’s bankruptcy case, has held several hearings, which our lawyers have attended and participated in. Judge Montali approved a number of interim motions allowing PG&E to continue its operations.
As you may have heard, PG&E is now refusing to pay twenty-two victims of the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County, with whom it had already agreed to settlements. At the same time, PG&E asked Judge Montali to approve the payment of $130 million in employee bonuses. Our attorneys objected to such payments being made before PG&E compensates the 2015 Butte Fire victims it already agreed to pay.
PG&E claims that establishing a trust fund will help compensate victims of the Camp Fire. Our attorneys are skeptical, noting that PG&E still owes money from previous fire settlements and that their plan does not indicate how the money will be dispersed.
“They really quick[ly] hurried up and gave a raise to one of [their] senior vice president[s] of $75,000 because how can you possibly get along with a mere $500,000 a year,” wildfire victims’ attorney Mike Danko told Dan Noyes. “So that’s the first thing that they did in anticipation of bankruptcy. It just isn’t right.”