September 24, 2023
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Lawsuit filed blaming Southern California Edison for Thomas fire and mudslides


A class action lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 against Southern California Edison claiming that the company is to blame for the  Thomas fire and Montecito mudslides.

The suit filed by Santa Barbara’s Cappello & Noël LLP named as plaintiffs individuals and small businesses who suffered property damage and lost income, according to a news release.

“SCE violated its duty to its customers and the public by knowingly operating an aging, overloaded and improperly maintained infrastructure that couldn’t withstand the dry conditions and early December Santa Ana winds,” said managing partner Barry Cappello. “SCE has been fined numerous times for violations that resulted in fires and millions of dollars in property damage.”

Cappello & Noel joins class action firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Keller Rohrback LLP in filing suits over the Thomas fire and Montecito mudslides.