On September 30, 2020, Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Stoll Berne, and Nick Kahl, LLC, three Pacific Northwest law firms with decades of combined environmental law experience, filed a class action lawsuit against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power for the catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, and entire communities allegedly caused by the companies’ power lines and other equipment around Labor Day 2020. The lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. An issues class was certified in 2021.
The plaintiffs allege that PacifiCorp and Pacific Power caused or contributed to the destruction by leaving power lines and other equipment energized during dangerous fire conditions. This case was the first filed lawsuit arising from the fires and remains the only filed class action. Along with seeking $1.6 billion in damages, this case also seeks injunctive relief to mitigate the threat of power line fires.
If you have suffered losses as a result of the Echo Mountain Complex, 242, South Obenchain, or Santiam Canyon Fires, you may be included in the class seeking relief. To explore your legal options, we invite you to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation case review with our team of experienced lawyers.
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