October 30, 2012

PG&E exposed to potential punitive damages for San Bruno explosion

2012 has been a relatively quiet year for blockbuster punitive damages awards in California.  But that trend could change in January 2013 according to this report in the San Mateo County Times.  Judge Steven Dylina of the San Mateo County Superior Court has tentatively denied PG&E's request to dismiss the plaintiff's claim for punitive damages in a lawsuit arising out of the 2010 San Bruno explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.  If Dylina sticks to his tentative ruling, a jury could be asked to award punitive damages in a case involving 350 plaintiffs and a very large amount of compensatory damages.