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County Initiates Wildfire and Opioid Epidemic Litigation

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (June 25, 2018) – On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted to initiate litigation against Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E).  The suit alleges that PG&E’s neglect of preventative maintenance of power lines and other infrastructure led to the onset of the Sulphur Fire.  Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have filed separate lawsuits against PG&E for 2017 wildfires.

“As your elected officials, we do what we can to keep Lake County residents safe,” assures   Jeff Smith, District 2 Supervisor.  “And when terrible and preventable events happen, like the Sulphur Fire, we have to hold the parties at fault accountable for their actions.  That doesn’t change, whether the party is an individual citizen or a large utility company.”

Also on June 12, the Board chose to initiate litigation and join in the Northern California consortium’s legal action against opioid manufacturers and distributors in California.

“Nearly all of us have been touched, directly or indirectly, by the opioid epidemic,” relates District 1 Supervisor, Moke Simon.  “Many lives have been destroyed, lives of our friends, relatives and neighbors.  We need to send a clear message that the same companies that profit from these medications have an obligation to ensure they are responsibly distributed.”

Baron and Budd, a prominent national law firm with more than 40 years’ experience, will represent Lake County and other Northern California public entities in both matters.

Cyanobacteria film on top of water

Recreating in Lakes & Streams

With warm weather in the forecast and recreational water sports gearing up, health and water resource officials across the state are reminding the public to be mindful of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae).

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