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PG&E Sued for Spending on Advertising Instead of Fire Safety

December 11, 2018 / Joel Rosenblatt

PG&E Corp. was accused of putting its “reputation above public safety” in a lawsuit that says the power company spends too much on advertising and not enough on preventing devastating Northern California wildfires like the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise last month. While the cause the Camp Fire remains undetermined, residents alleged in a complaint filed Monday that the utility’s “dysfunctional risk assessment methodologies” have failed to improve even after fires in Calaveras County in 2015 and in wine country north of San Francisco last year were linked by investigators to PG&E’s equipment. The Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive in California history, has put the company under intense scrutiny. Residents who lost loved ones and homes have filed lawsuits blaming its power lines for starting the fire.