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California wildfire victims fear they'll be last in payout

California Wildfires Utility
Posted at 10:27 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 13:27:46-05

A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation.

Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund.

Dissatisfaction with the deal sets the stage for a potential scrum as PG&E scrambles to emerge a complex bankruptcy case.

A judge on Wednesday will weigh whether state and federal agencies are entitled to tap the fund for any of the $4 billion they spent responding to the wildfires.