March 11, 2020 — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has agreed to paya $1 billion settlement with state and federal disaster-relief agencies.
The agencies were seeking reimbursement for services during the wildfires in Northern California in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali limited FEMA’s reimbursements to $1 billion and said the disaster-relief agency will not be paid unless there is money left after the victim’s claims are paid from a $13.5 billion fund that PG&E upon in December 2019.
FEMA and California’s Office of Emergency Services filed a lawsuit in an attempt to recover up to $4 billion as reimbursement for financial assistance provided during the wildfires.
The $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims is intended to help victims rebuild after the death of family members and the loss of their homes. PG&E estimates that 82,000 victims will seek compensation from the $13.5 billion fund.
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