Baron & Budd Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Five Public Entities Against PG&E for Mosquito Fire Damages

January 19, 2023  |  Environmental, Press Releases, Wildfire

San Diego —Yesterday, Baron & Budd filed a lawsuit on behalf of five public entities against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for damages resulting from the 2022 Mosquito Fire. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court and includes as co-plaintiffs Placer County, El Dorado County, El Dorado Water Agency, Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District, and Georgetown Divide Fire Protection District. The lawsuit alleges that PG&E’s equipment was the cause and origin of the Mosquito Fire, which caused significant damages to public and natural resources in El Dorado and Placer Counties.

“This lawsuit seeks legal damages to compensate injuries to public and natural resources,” said Baron & Budd Shareholder John Fiske. “By filing this lawsuit, these public entities are helping their communities rebuild, which can be challenging after a devastating fire followed by a severe storm season.”

The Mosquito Fire started on September 6, 2022, and was active for fifty days, burning 76,788 acres. Between the two counties, more than 11,000 people were evacuated while more than 3,700 firefighting personnel responded to the fire. By September 8, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency for Placer and El Dorado Counties and on September 9, FEMA authorized Federal Management Assistance Grants for fire fighting and response efforts.

The five public entities are represented by John Fiske and Torri Sherlin of Baron & Budd, and Ed Diab of Dixon Diab & Chambers.

For more information, visit or 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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