- Aug 20, 2019 4:10 pm GMT
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State fire investigators have already determined the fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes in the Santa Rosa area was caused by a private electrical system.
Victims of the fire disagreed and demanded a jury trial. Meanwhile, PG&E Corp. argued that the bankruptcy process should determine whether it should be held liable for the fire.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali ruled that a state court was a suitable venue for resolving the matter.
If a jury decides the company is responsible for the fire, PG&E could face a far more costly exit from bankruptcy.
Things could turn from ugly to unsalvageable with this move for PG&E