Jeanyne James, et al. v. PacifiCorp, et al.
PacifiCorp Fire Litigation
Case No. 20-cv-33885

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If you owned or resided on property as of September 7, 2020 in an area burned by the Echo Mountain Fire (including the Kimberling Fire), the South Obenchain Fire, the 242 Fire, or the Santiam Canyon Fire, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.

What is this lawsuit about?

A class action lawsuit has been filed against PacifiCorp and Pacific Power (collectively, “PacifiCorp”) alleging that PacifiCorp’s acts and/or omissions caused or contributed to the Fires around Labor Day 2020 that damaged or destroyed homes and property of thousands of people. The lawsuit is pending in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon and is presided over by Judge Steffan Alexander.

PacifiCorp denies that it caused or contributed to the Fires, denies that its acts or omissions violated any law or legal requirement, and denies that it is liable to any plaintiff. Likewise, no judge or jury has concluded that PacifiCorp caused or contributed to the Fires, violated any law or legal requirement, or is liable to anyone. 

Am I part of this Class?

The Court has certified a class of certain owners and residents of real, mobile, and other property (the “Class”) for a trial of certain issues (the “Certified Issues”) related to PacifiCorp’s alleged responsibility for the fires. You are a member of the Class if you fall within either of the following criteria: 

(A) Owners or residents, as of September 7, 2020, of any privately owned real property that is wholly or partially within the boundary of the maximum extent of burn for the Echo Mountain (including the Kimberling Fire), South Obenchain, or 242 fires, or for the Santiam Canyon fires, is wholly or partially within the boundary in Map 4a below, and experienced fire activity during those fires; or

(B) Owners of a motorhome, residential trailer, manufactured dwelling, other mobile home, or any other personal property that, as of September 7, 2020, was located on any property in the same area, experienced fire activity during the Fires, and whose personal property experienced fire damage during the Fires.

Maps showing the boundaries for the Fires covered by this case are available here.

When is the Jury Trial?

A jury trial of the Certified Issues (the “Issues Trial”) has been scheduled to start on April 24, 2023. The Certified Issues to be decided at the Issues Trial are listed under Question 6 on the FAQ page.

There is no money or other benefit available now, nor is there any guarantee that there will be. At the conclusion of the Issues Trial, depending on the result, any individual in the Class may have to commence their own lawsuit against PacifiCorp if they want to obtain any financial compensation. However, if you are a Class Member, your legal rights are affected by the upcoming Issues Trial, whether you act or don’t act, and you have a choice to make now.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

Option and Deadline
Description
DO NOTHING Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Enjoy the benefits of the lawsuit if Plaintiffs prevail, but be bound to the outcome either way, and give up the right to litigate whether PacifiCorp is liable for your fire-related damages in your own lawsuit. If you do nothing, you will remain a member of the Class. You will be able to use any favorable findings a jury makes on the Certified Issues in a future proceeding to determine whether you are entitled to compensation. But you will be bound to the outcome of the Issues Trial regardless of whether Plaintiffs win or lose, and you will give up any right to challenge a final determination of the Certified Issues that is unfavorable to the Class.
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED
No later than December 6, 2022
Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefit from it, but preserve your right to litigate whether PacifiCorp is liable for your fire-related damages in your own lawsuit.If you ask to be excluded from the lawsuit and a determination is made on any of the Certified Issues, at or before the Issues Trial, you won’t be bound by that finding. If you wanted to bring your own lawsuit against PacifiCorp regarding this subject matter, you will need to prove your claims on your own.

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Mail
PacifiCorp Fire Litigation
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91348
Seattle, WA 98111