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Attorneys hold press conference addressing PG&E settlement

Attorneys for wildfire survivors addressed the media in response to the new $13.5 billion settlement with PG&E

Posted: Dec 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 2:43 PM

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Today attorneys representing victims of wildfires held a press conference to address the media about the $13.5 billion PG&E settlement. 

The settlement covers claims from victims of wildfires from 2015, 2017 and 2018. The exact amount compensated to survivors from the utility remains to be heard. 

Camp Fire survivor Vicki Taylor is rebuilding in Paradise. She is relieved the settlement happened earlier but she says:

"There's no way to really put a dollar amount on that. Even if I get $10M there's no way to make this any easier to go through. For a lot of people, that's the biggest thing. What we've had to deal with between the time of the fire and when things get back to normal."

With no easy way to recoup the mental scars of the Camp Fire, thousands of victims in California forge on, fighting for what they can recover. 

The settlement still requires approval by the US Bankruptcy Court. A court hearing is scheduled for December 20th. To receive payments, wildfire victims must file claims by December 31.

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