Portland's Pacific Power utility sued over devastating wildfire in Oregon

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Portland's Pacific Power utility sued over devastating wildfire in Oregon

On Thursday, Portland-based electric power company PacifiCorp alongside one of its utilities subsidiary Pacific Power utility had been met with a class action lawsuit that alleged the Oregon-headquartered firms had botched to shut down electric lines despite extremely dangerous wildfire conditions and high winds, which in effect had escalated wildfires in the US state of Oregon and led to the death of at least nine people, leaving millions of Americans homeless.

In point of fact, the lawsuit that accused PacifiCorp and Pacific Power utility behind a havoc-scale exacerbation of wildfires in Oregon and California, had been filed in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, while the court named a couple Jeanyne James and Robin Colbert as the lead plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit.

James and Colbert, hailing from a small community at Lyons, had lost their homes, cars and garage to an Oregon wildfire that had burned down many canyons last month, a local newspaper OregonLive had reported earlier on the day.

PacifiCorp lawsuit claims switched-on power lines ignited massive wildfire

Notably, while the wildfire in the case has been one of multiple fires that burned down parts of US state of California and Portland last month, the lawsuit also claimed that PacifiCorp did not shut down their power lines despite heavy winds which eventually had torn down their energized power lines that later led to a number of massive, destructive and lethal fires racing through the canyons and destroying millions of acres of farmland, structures, businesses and schools.

Nonetheless, as an inevitable aftermath of the class action lawsuit filed by three Pacific Northeast law firms, a spokesman for PacifiCorp Drew Hanson was quoted saying late on the day that the company would not comment on a pending lawsuit, however, a week earlier the Oregon-based utility company had said it could not have possibly known whether its equipment had led to the wildfires, stoking possibilities of tens of billions of dollars in claims and liabilities as it was occurred to PG&E following at least two California wildfires in 2017 and 2018. PG&E later filed for a bankruptcy.