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PG&E won't pay $4M Camp Fire fine from $13.5B wildfire victims' fund

Original post made on Mar 31, 2020

PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5 billion trust to compensate wildfire victims.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:37 PM

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Posted by Nicholas Carlin
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2020 at 4:52 pm

I am Mr. Gantner's attorney. To my knowledge, no one from your publication attempted to contact me.

Judge Montali just told one million households in California who were harmed by these blackouts to stuff it.

There was no evidence at all showing HOW this lawsuit would hinder the PUC's ability to regulate PG&E beyond the bare assertion by PG&E and the CPUC (who historically have had an overly cozy relationship) that it would. And whether there was a factual basis for that assertion should have been just that - a question of fact, not something to be determined on a Rule 12 motion.

We appreciate that Judge Montali wants to move this Bankruptcy case toward conclusion by the June 30 deadline, and that this case had the potential to "muck up the works", but that is no justification for denying one million Californians their day in court.

We believe the ruling was wrong and will appeal.

Nicholas A. Carlin
[email protected]
Phillips, Erlewine, Given & Carlin LLP

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