A San Bruno man filed a class action lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court last week alleging that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was negligent and at fault for the Sept. 9 pipeline explosion that tore through the city’s Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood.
Attorney Vahn Alexander filed the class action lawsuit on Wednesday for resident Daniele DiTripani. The suit claims he was home when the gas pipeline exploded and was injured and “suffered damages.”
The suit is on behalf of “all San Bruno residents who have been impacted by the explosion,” which destroyed at least 37 homes and killed eight people.
It alleges that PG&E was negligent in its management of the pipeline, which was “a direct and legal cause of the PG&E explosion,” causing residents to suffer economic harm, injury and future economic loss.
The plaintiff is asking for “an award of appropriate damages” as well as third-party supervision of a $100 million “Rebuild San Bruno Fund” that PG&E has established to provide relief to residents and the community.
PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans said the company received a copy of the suit on Tuesday and is reviewing it.
This is the second lawsuit filed against PG&E in San Mateo County seeking damages for the explosion. Attorneys for San Bruno resident Steve Dare filed suit on Sept. 17, also seeking compensation for damage caused by the explosion.
Chris Cooney, Bay City News