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Are utilities liable for California's wildfires? Some ratepayers, who are suing Southern California Edison, seem to think so. According to them, the utility stopped participating in the vegetation management practices it conducted 40-50 years ago. Presumably, the presence of dry bush has helped spread and exaggerate the effect of wild fires. Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown is trying to find a middle ground between blame and compromise. His administration is proposing that the courts should have a final say in the matter. From the post: Brown's proposal would allow judges the discretion to assign responsibility for the fire, weighing whether the utility company followed all safety regulations, how much the property was harmed and whether safer electrical systems were available but not used.