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Lawsuit filed against SDG&E on behalf of fire victims : Community meeting scheduled for July 8


Last updated 7/3/2008 at Noon

A team of legal experts, led by Fallbrook attorney Robert W. Jackson, filed a mass tort lawsuit on June 3 on behalf of 180 adults and children who suffered losses due to the Rice Canyon Fire last October.

The suit, filed against San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) and its parent company Sempra Energy, claims SDG&E was negligent and violated public utility codes – in particular, not keeping trees trimmed adequately near high-voltage power lines, causing the firestorm.

“Our experts have been to the site of [the fire’s] origin,” said Debra L. Hurst, one of the trail lawyers on J...

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