Individuals seek to establish court-supervised medical monitoring for a class affected by Camp Fire

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 22, 2019

OROVILLE – Three individuals who allege they were exposed to smoke or contaminants during or after the Camp Fire are seeking to establish court-supervised medical monitoring for themselves and others.

Sherry Edington, Stuart Langford and Alissa Nutt filed a complaint individually and each on behalf of all others similarly situated on Dec. 7 in the Butte County Superior Court against PG&E Corp., Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Does 1-50 citing negligence and medical monitoring.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs bring this action on behalf of themselves and a proposed class to establish a medical monitoring fund to provide for the cost of medical monitoring relating to the Camp Fire, which ignited in November 2018.

"Exposure to the toxicity and devastation of wildfires has the potential of causing serious and life-threatening mental and physical medical conditions for victims affected," the suit states. "However, many of these conditions can be asymptomatic in the patient prior to the manifestation of significant and sometimes fatal injuries. Each and every plaintiff and class member will be better off knowing the mental and physical affects from their exposure to the Camp Fire."

The plaintiffs allege the defendants' negligence caused the Camp Fire. They allege court-supervised monitoring procedures are necessary to enable them to obtain early detection and diagnosis of potential injury.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek injunctive relief, costs and disbursements of action, attorney's fees, other relief as may be appropriate. They are represented by Pedro "Peter" de la Cerda of Matthews & Associates in Chico.

Butte County Superior Court case number 18-CV-03954

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