Our team of attorneys have filed a Tubbs fire lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Tubbs Fire alleging that PG&E’s failure to update aging infrastructure and maintain trees near its power lines caused the fires. The fire lawsuits seek money in excess of what is already covered by insurance. We also assist our clients with home insurance & personal property inventories.
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Did PG&E Cause the Tubbs Fire?
Our complaint alleges that PG&E was negligent in maintaining its equipment, which ultimately caused the Tubbs Fire. According to the complaint, Cal Fire reported that the origin of the Tubbs Fire was at or near the intersection of Highway 127 and Bennett Lane, Calistoga California. Cal Fire also reported that the fire started on Sunday October 8, 2017 around 9:45 p.m.
The complaint describes contemporaneous calls and reports that indicated a number of problems with PG&E electrical equipment, including trees hitting PG&E electrical lines, around the same time and place that the Tubbs Fire started. At least ten calls allegedly reported electrical problems, transformer explosions, transformer fires, arcing transformers, downed power lines, arcing power lines, or flames in trees. For example, one call described in the complaint reported a PG&E transformer explosion at approximately 9:24 p.m. Another call at 9:58 p.m. allegedly reported downed power lines. PG&E’s website for electrical outages also reported two outages very near the origin of the Tubbs Fire.
Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection in California, has not yet released its findings on the cause of the Tubbs Fire. According to a spokesman for Cal Fire quoted in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, there is no timeline for the Cal Fire report into the fire.
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We are an experienced Bay Area legal team that represents homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the 2017 Tubbs fires. Our attorneys have been appointed by California judges to serve in leadership roles in several large, coordinated fire and disaster cases, including in the 2017 PG&E Fire Cases, San Bruno Explosion and Butte Fire cases. Collectively we have more experience taking on PG&E than any other law firm in California.
Our team of lawyers has been widely-recognized for the quality of our work and achievements:
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association (Mike Danko)
- Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (Eric Gibbs)
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Mike Danko)
- Woman Advocate of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Amanda Riddle)
- Consumer Protection MVP, Law360 (Eric Gibbs)
- Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California (Kristine Meredith)
- Consumer Attorney of the Year, Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (Eric Gibbs)
- Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California (Mike Danko, Kristine Meredith, Eric Gibbs)
The Tubbs Fire raged for weeks in October 2017, burning over 36,000 acres of Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying over 5,200 structures, and claiming 22 lives. It has been deemed the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California history.
The blaze ignited near Tubbs Lane on the east side of Highway 128 in Calistoga shortly before 10 pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Within about three hours, the fire had traveled 15 miles south, reaching Santa Rosa’s city limits. Propelled by the Diablo winds, the fire moved quickly through Santa Rosa, jumping Highway 101, destroying large swaths of Fountaingrove, and leveling the Coffey Park neighborhood. Hundreds of thousands of Calistoga and Santa Rosa residents were evacuated, many before they could get dressed or gather any of their possessions.
According to Cal Fire, 80% of the lands burned were privately owned.
The Tubbs Fire was fully contained on October 31, 2017.
On January 4, 2018, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow ordered that all of the lawsuits arising from the October 2017 wildfires, including the Tubbs Fire, should be centralized in San Francisco Superior Court for pre-trial purposes. Judge Karnow will preside over the cases. On May 21, 2018, he denied PG&E’s motion to dismiss one claim from the cases, writing that one of PG&E’s arguments was “flatly contradicted” by previous case law and that PG&E provided no legal precedent for others. PG&E has appealed this ruling.
Judge Karnow has ordered that discovery/evidence-gathering be conducted in phases, with the first phase focused on gathering evidence from PG&E. Trial may be set as early as August 2019.
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.
The law firms of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, Danko Meredith, and Gibbs Law Group 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.
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.
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’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.