Baron & Budd Files Lawsuit on Behalf of City of Hemet Against Southern California Edison for Fairview Fire Damages

February 7, 2023  |  Environmental, Press Releases, Wildfire

Hemet, Calif.—Today, the nationally recognized law firm Baron & Budd filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of the City of Hemet against Southern California Edison for damages resulting from the 2022 Fairview Fire. The lawsuit alleges that Edison’s equipment was the cause and origin of the Fairview Fire, which caused significant damages to public and natural resources in the City of Hemet.

“The deadly Fairview Fire was devastating to the City of Hemet,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder, John Fiske. “This lawsuit seeks damages to aid the city in rebuilding after the destruction of this wildfire ravaged their community.”

The Fairview Fire started on September 5, 2022, and burned through 28,307 acres causing at least 1,500 homes to be evacuated while more than 2,200 firefighting personnel responded to the fire. By September 6, 2022, FEMA authorized Federal Management Assistance Grants, and by September 8, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency.

The City of Hemet is represented by outside counsel John Fiske and Torri Sherlin of Baron & Budd, and Ed Diab of Dixon Diab & Chambers.

For more information, please contact John Fiske at

About Baron & Budd, P.C. Baron & Budd, P.C. is among the largest and most accomplished plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. With more than 45 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of entities and thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse and significant as dangerous and highly addictive pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, California wildfires and environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, e-cigarettes, motor vehicles, federal whistleblower cases, and other consumer fraud issues.

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