Brad Kuhn Quoted on California Wildfires, Inverse Condemnation
Brad Kuhn was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, “PG&E Isn’t Alone in Facing Liability Risk Over California Fires” (subscription required). The article examines how in addition to PG&E, other California-based utility providers have also disclosed possible responsibility for wildfires and the impact of such disclosures.
In the article, Brad commented on inverse condemnation—a legal provision under California state law that holds if a power company’s equipment starts a fire, it is responsible for paying property damages, even if they are not found to have been negligent. “You could do everything right and follow every standard, do all the maintenance and inspections, go above and beyond. And if something happens, you are still on the hook for liability,” said Brad.