NOVEMBER 13, 2019 | Joseph Serna
Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to dozens of public agencies affected by wildfires and mudslides in the last two years, attorneys involved in the deal said Wednesday.
The settlement closes 26 lawsuits involving 23 public entities filed against the utility, including Los Angeles County, which will receive $78 million, said attorney John Fiske, whose firm represented the county and other agencies in the litigation.
The public entities sued Southern California Edison over expenses and damage they incurred during and after the 2017 Thomas fire, the Montecito mudslide or the 2018 Woolsey fire. The settlement allocates $150 million for agencies affected by the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslide and $210 million for the Woolsey fire, including $13.7 million for the city of Malibu.
This is an essential step toward accountability and continued recovery.
While this settlement won’t bring back people’s homes or businesses, it’s very important to hold SCE accountable for the devastation caused by this fire.