Judge sets 10/21/2019 deadline to file fire claims
The judge overseeing the lawsuits against PG&E has set an October 21st deadline to file claims related to wildfire losses. PG&E had set aside $10.5 billion to cover claims from the Camp Fire, according to the SF Chronicle. Bloomberg reports that PG&E’s proposal is to pay $14 billion total on fire claims (for not only the Camp Fire, but also the 2017 Northern California wildfires.
The size of any payouts may depend on how well the claim forms are filled out. An attorney can often help with the process.
October 21 deadline to file a claim. After that, you forfeit your claim. If you’re a client: don’t worry! We’ll file your claim for you.
If you miss the deadline, you forfeit your claim. PG&E will be permitted to discharge any liability it has towards you for the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. PG&E is going through a bankruptcy process that allows it to discharge its debts if claims are not filed before the deadline.
This isn’t like filing a claim for part of a settlement. You need to file a claim to keep your claim alive in bankruptcy court. But someone may still need to litigate your case afterwards. Just because PG&E is reserving money doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get anything. But we have an excellent track record against PG&E. No law firm in California has more experience against PG&E.
Claim forms can be confusing, tiring, or cumbersome to fill out. We can handle that entire process for you. We can gather all the information we need, then file.
The process also doesn’t end when you file your claim. The claims go to the judge, and there may be additional court filings or proceedings. If we represent you, we can file and appear on your behalf.
These claims are still part of a legal proceeding. If you wouldn’t represent yourself in a lawsuit, you may not want to represent yourself here.
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