At 2:00 p.m. today, the lawyers will report to Judge Dylina that PG&E has agreed to settle all but two of the lawsuits brought against it by the victims of the PG&E explosion. PG&E agreed to settle with 286 of its victims on Friday, September 6, and with the remaining 61 on September 9 —
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San Bruno Trial Halted
The jury was supposed to be empanelled in February to hear and decide ten families’ test cases against PG&E. But over the last few weeks, while the attorneys argued pre-trial motions, a number of those families’ cases settled. Today, the judge ruled that the four cases that are still on for trial (Healy, O’Neill, Chea, and…
San Bruno Judge Makes More Rulings As Trial Approaches
With the January 2 trial date fast approaching, today’s case management conference before Judge Dylina lasted most of the day.
Punitive Damages Claim Won’t Be Split Off
PG&E asked the court to split off the issue of whether PG&E should pay punitive damages and save that issue for a second trial later next year. The…
San Bruno Judge Refuses to Throw Out Victims’ Claim for Punitive Damages
Today Judge Dylina denied PG&E’s request to throw out of court the victims’ claims for punitive damages. Instead, he is leaving the question of whether PG&E should pay punitive damages to the jury.
PG&E argued that the punitive damages issue was getting in the way of settlement negotiations. PG&E says it has done nothing deserving of punishment. …
San Bruno Gas Explosion: Punitive Damages Hearing Postponed
Judge Dylina has postponed argument on whether the victims’ claims for punitive damages against PG&E should be thrown out of court. Arguments will now be heard on October 29 instead of October 15.
The judge also postponed to December 21 arguments on what evidence, if any, will be excluded from trial.
The trial date of…
PG&E’s Lawyer Denies PG&E Ever Lost Its Way
PG&E’s new $10 million media campaign features Tony Earley, PG&E’s CEO, saying that in recent years, PG&E had "lost its way." (Cue the music and the video of cute little kids.)
That, I suppose, is what passes among PG&E’s top management as an apology.
Seems that Earley forgot to run his sound bite by PG&E’s…
San Bruno Explosion: Two Years Later
Hundreds of PG&E’s victims still haven’t been compensated for what they’ve been through. PG&E admits it caused the explosion, but it still hasn’t settled their claims.
Once the lawsuits started, some thought PG&E would want to “settle quick.” Those folks were wrong. The fact of the matter is that PG&E has paid settlements on…
Trial Against PG&E Postponed. (Again.)
Trial was set to begin October 9. But because an important witness became ill and could not attend his deposition, everyone expected that the date would have to slip a couple of weeks.
But today, Judge Dylina ruled that trial will not begin until January 2, 2013. That’s a disappointment for the plaintiffs, who…
Gas Leak Fuels Victims’ PTSD
Today’s gas leak at the intersection of Glenview and Earl Avenue served as a frightful reminder to the Crestmoor residents of the September 2010 San Bruno explosion. For many residents the sight of fire engines and the call to evacuate will rekindle flashbacks and distressing dreams of the event. There’s no doubt that this gas leak will exacerbate many San…
With Trial Approaching, PG&E Launches $10 Million Ad Campaign
PG&E says that its first priority is safety. PG&E says its next priority is compensating the victims of the San Bruno fire.
But are those really PG&E’s priorities?
PG&E has just launched a multimedia advertising campaign designed to make itself look good. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the campaign will cost $10 million.