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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 07:50 PM

PG&E assumes civil liability in San Bruno blast

PG&E assumes civil liability in San Bruno blast
By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press
Tuesday, December 13, 2011



(12-13) 15:49 PST San Francisco (AP) --

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials confirmed Tuesday it will take financial responsibility for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion and compensate victims who have brought civil suits in the wake of the blast.

The announcement came as company attorneys prepared for a hearing regarding more than 90 civil suits filed against the utility in San Mateo County Superior Court.

PG&E President Chris Johns said the company issued the statement in response to a judge's request for an official position, but PG&E is hoping to settle cases without going to trial.

"PG&E is hopeful that today's announcement will allow the families affected by this terrible tragedy to receive compensation sooner, without unnecessary legal proceedings," Johns said in a statement. "We are affirming our commitment to do the right thing in our response to this accident."


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/13/national/a154918S74.DTL#ixzz1gSvwCyME




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catabryna Dec 2011 #4

Response to Kadie (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:01 PM

1. You can bet this won't cost them much

or they wouldn't be doing it.

They could settle all 90 of these civil suits for $4 million each and just lose 25% of their annual profits.

For a little insight on why they might be so eager to settle, click here:

http://www.turn.org/article.php?id=1753

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Response to Kadie (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:02 PM

2. Good news.

Hopefully, they are prepared to negotiate these settlements in good faith.

You should post this in the California forum.

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Response to catabryna (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:11 PM

3. PG&E and good faith in the same sentence?

Hah! That's a laugh.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 13, 2011, 08:16 PM

4. Oh, there's definitely a high level of skepticism on this one... nt

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