PG&E Faces New Class-Action Lawsuit

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    SAN BRUNO, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: A charred car sits in the driveway of a home that was destroyed by fire following a deadly gas main explosion on September 13, 2010 in San Bruno, California. State regulators have ordered Pacific Gas & Electric to inspect all of their gas lines following a deadly blast that destroyed thirty eight homes, severely damaged dozens more and killed at least four people in a San Bruno, California neighborhood near San Francisco International Airport on the evening of September 9. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A San Bruno man filed a class action lawsuit in San Mateo County  Superior Court last week alleging that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was  negligent and at fault for the Sept. 9 pipeline explosion that tore through  the city's Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood.

    Attorney Vahn Alexander filed the class action lawsuit on  Wednesday for resident Daniele DiTripani. The suit claims he was home when  the gas pipeline exploded and was injured and "suffered damages."

    The suit is on behalf of "all San Bruno residents who have been  impacted by the explosion," which destroyed at least 37 homes and killed  eight people.

    It alleges that PG&E was negligent in its management of the  pipeline, which was "a direct and legal cause of the PG&E explosion," causing  residents to suffer economic harm, injury and future economic loss.

    The plaintiff is asking for "an award of appropriate damages" as  well as third-party supervision of a $100 million "Rebuild San Bruno Fund"  that PG&E has established to provide relief to residents and the community.

    PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans said the company received a copy of  the suit on Tuesday and is reviewing it.

    his is the second lawsuit filed against PG&E in San Mateo County  seeking damages for the explosion. Attorneys for San Bruno resident Steve  Dare filed suit on Sept. 17, also seeking compensation for damage caused by  the explosion.

    Bay City News