Attorney and Lawyer in Westlake Village, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles California, and Nevada

Bobcat Fire Lawsuit

Bobcat Fire Lawsuit

Homeowners: Have You Suffered Property Damage From the Bobcat Fire?

Robertson & Associates, LLP are experienced wildfire attorneys with a proven record of representing thousands of victims of the Thomas Fire and Woolsey Fire

How did the Bobcat Fire Start?

The fire was first reported on Sep 6, 2010, at 12:21 p.m., near Cogswell Dam, in the San Gabriel Mountains. Minutes prior to the first report of the fire, Edison's 12kV Jarvis circuit experienced a relay on one of its distribution lines near the area of origin. On September 15, 2010, Edison filed an incident report with the Public Utilities Commission disclosing the electrical event. Investigators with the United State Forest Service requested that Edison remove a section of its overhead power line as evidence in its investigation of the cause of the fire. In total the Bobcat Fire has burned over 115,000 acres, destroying over 87 homes, and 83 structures. It is considered one of the largest wildfires in Los Angeles County History.

How is Edison liable if high winds are to blame for the Bobcat Fire?

While the fire’s cause is still under investigation, it appears that Edison’s equipment may have been involved in the fire’s ignition. Under the law, utility companies such as Edison can be held strictly liable when their electrical equipment start a fire that damages a homeowner's property. Damages available include:

  • - replacement costs for real and personal property
  • - trees, landscaping, erosion remediation
  • - lost income and business profits
  • - personal injury
  • - emotional distress, and annoyance, discomfort, and inconvenience
  • - the loss of cherished possessions and family heirlooms

Why do I need a wildfire lawyer?

Alex Robertson is one of the most preeminent wildfire attorneys in California. Mr. Robertson currently serves as the court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel for approximately 4,000 individual plaintiffs suing Southern California Edison Company in The Woolsey Fire Cases, JCCP No. 5000. The 2018 Woolsey Fire burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,643 structures, killed three civilians and prompted the evacuation of 295,000 people in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. He also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in The Southern California Fire Cases, JCCP No. 4965, where he represents approximately 700 victims of the 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow. The Thomas Fire burned 281,893 acres (440 square miles), destroyed 1,063 structures and killed one firefighter and one civilian. The ensuing Montecito debris flow destroyed or damaged over 400 homes and killed 23 civilians.

Mr. Robertson has decades of first-hand experience with wildfires. In 1997, Trey served as the Captain of the L.A. County Department of Animal Control’s volunteer horse evacuation team, and evacuated hundreds of horses in the Santa Monica Mountains during the 2003 and 2007 Malibu wildfires. During the 2018 Woolsey Fire, Trey personally fought the fire using 500 feet of his own fire hose to help save his neighbors’ homes. Additionally, Trey donates his time as a volunteer photographer for a large Southern California fire department, providing the Public Information Officers with photographs and videos from the fire line so that they can provide up-to-date information to the public about the size, location and direction of wildfires. Trey has also completed the Introduction To Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190) training from the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) to increase his knowledge of topography, weather, fuels, atmospheric conditions, wind and terminology associated with wildfires. Trey also understands the command structure used during wildfires, and holds certificates from FEMA on the Incident Command System and National Incident Command System (NIMS).

How much does a wildfire lawyer cost?

We are prosecuting these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay us anything unless we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you (“No Recovery, No Fees”). We advance all expert costs and filing fees. We are filing these cases as a mass tort – not a class action. This way your claim remains personal to you because each client’s damage claim is unique.

Why chose our Team?

Our team is composed of four law firms: Robertson & Associates, LLP; Foley, Bezek, Behle, Curtis, LLP; Law Offices of Joe Liebman; and Spreter & Petiprin, APC. We have a unique background in wildfire, landslide, construction defect, and mass tort litigation. Robertson & Associates specializes in high-end real estate, construction defect, and wildfire litigation, recovering over $370 million for their clients. Foley Bezek is one of the preeminent mass tort and trial firms in Santa Barbara, recovering over $1 billion for their clients. Joe Liebman has been representing property owners for more than 30 years in lawsuits against municipalities, utilities, and big businesses in cases involving fire, landslides, and other causes. Spreter & Petiprin has over 12 years’ experience prosecuting wildfire cases against, among others, utilities, the State of California, and waste disposal companies, recovering over $85 million for their clients. Our experience is unmatched.