SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys at Audet & Partners, LLP, a San Francisco, California-based trial law firm, have filed a class action complaint (Case # CIV498932) against Pacific Gas & Electric Company arising out of the devastating explosion and fire in San Bruno, California. Filed in San Mateo State Court in California, the complaint seeks class wide damages and the immediate release by PG&E of the "One Hundred Million-Dollar Fund" promised by PG&E to the San Bruno community and its residents.
As alleged in the filed class action complaint, the plaintiff, a resident of San Bruno, seeks to represent the San Bruno community as a whole impacted by the San Bruno Explosion and Fire, including homeowners, renters and small businesses. As has been reported, the explosion appears to be the result of lack of proper precautions and updates to PG&E gas pipes that run through and near residential areas of San Bruno. At least 37 homes have been reported to be totally uninhabitable and residents of San Bruno in the surrounding areas had to flee their homes due to the explosion and fire.
"From the reports we have received, it appears that PG&E's $100 million dollar pledge was nothing more than a public relations move, and we are asking the Court to place the funds in an escrow account so that the community can decide what to do with the funds," stated lead plaintiff's attorney William M. Audet of Audet & Partners, LLP.
Furthermore, as Mr. Audet pointed out, "we need to immediately provide for financial advances to cover rent and other costs for those who no longer have a home to live in, and we need to have the community -- not PG&E -- decide the proper use of the funds." According to the allegations in the complaint, because PG&E essentially bears the legal responsibility, thus it should bear the financial responsibility for the losses incurred due to the explosion.
"All of the class members have been impacted, and this class action complaint is the first step to expedite the payment to those injured by the explosion and fire," stated William M. Audet.
More information about this case is available at: http://www.audetlaw.com/index.php/case/san_bruno_fire_resources_lawsuit_information
Audet & Partners, LLP, is a San Francisco Bay Area based law firm. The law firm represents individuals, governmental entities, small businesses and shareholders in product liability, tort, negligence, consumer, construction defect, investment fraud, securities, insider trading, antitrust, environmental, whistle blower, aviation and employment cases. The founding partner, attorney William M. Audet, has served as court-approved lead counsel in dozens of federal and state cases throughout the United States.
William M. Audet
Audet & Partners, LLP
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