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Meyers Nave Secures Second Dispositive Motion for Santa Barbara County in Pivotal Wildfire Case

Meyers Nave is proud to announce another landmark victory, this time in the complex wildfire litigation surrounding the 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow. The Thomas fire, sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison, burned more than 281,000 acres and was at the time the largest wildfire in recorded California history. The resulting debris flow overwhelmed the town of Montecito, causing more than 20 deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. In a subsequent legal maneuver, Edison attempted to recover $1 billion in damages by shifting blame onto the County of Santa Barbara and other public entities.

In response, the County, represented by our skilled Trial & Litigation Team, mounted a robust defense against these substantial indemnity claims. Our legal team’s aptitude was pivotal in eliminating significant damages through a series of strategic dispositive motions, demonstrating our deep understanding of environmental litigation and public entity defense.

Throughout the proceedings, Meyers Nave investigated complex issues involving the interplay of legal standards and the facts at issue. The firm also established comprehensive case and document management systems to effectively navigate the coordinated judicial process.

Our firm’s commitment to delivering excellent legal advice and achieving definitive results for our clients shines through. This victory not only emphasizes our capability to handle high-stakes, complex legal challenges but also our dedication to safeguarding the interests of public entities across California.

Deborah Fox, who leads our Trial and Litigation practice group and the County of Santa Barbara team, commented, “This case highlights the crucial role of skilled legal advocacy in defending public entities against substantial and often unprecedented legal challenges. Our team’s ability to effectively manage and litigate complex environmental and indemnity issues has led to significant outcomes that not only benefit our client but also set a precedent for future wildfire litigation.”

Meyers Nave continues to demonstrate unparalleled capability and dedication, reinforcing why we are the go-to law firm for high-profile legal matters in California.

Learn more about our Trial and Litigation capabilities and how we partner with clients to navigate complex legal landscapes.