Baron & Budd Announces $1 Billion Settlement with PG&E on Behalf of Cities’ and Counties’ Wildfire Claims
CHICO, CALIF. – June 18, 2019 – Today,
the national law firm of Baron & Budd announces a $1
billion settlement with PG&E on behalf of 14 public entities for taxpayer
losses caused by the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires, and 2018 Camp Fire.
The payment of the settlement amount of
$1 billion is to be incorporated in, and subject to confirmation of, a plan of
reorganization to be filed by PG&E in its pending Chapter 11 case. The
settlement does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or
businesses affected by the fires.
JAMS Mediator Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.)
presided over several days of in-person mediation sessions held in San
Francisco, Calif. Participants in the mediation included 14 public entities
with various claims from the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires, and the
2018 Camp Fire. Judge Gandhi’s global proposals included a total payment of $1
billion to be made pursuant to PG&E’s confirmed plan of reorganization.
PG&E and all 14 public entities accepted the proposals.
“This money will help local government
and taxpayers rebuild their communities after several years of devastating
wildfires,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder Scott Summy. “The cities and
counties will be in a better position to help their citizens rebuild and move
“PG&E’s new board appears ready to
look forward by resolving these important taxpayer claims for the benefit of
the communities,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder John Fiske. “Our clients want to
rebuild and focus on prevention, mitigation, and safety into the future.”
Scott Summy and John Fiske are lead
counsel for all 14 public entities and serve as lead counsel for over 30
California public entities affected by utility-caused wildfires, including
those started by Southern California Edison. The public entities are also
represented by Dixon Diab & Chambers, a firm specializing in wildfire litigation.
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