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Texas Coop Settles Suits from 2011 Labor Day Fire




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Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP - Washington Office

 
April 2, 2014

Previously published on April 1, 2014

Texas-based Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative (Bluebonnet), which was accused of negligence in one of the most destructive fires in Texas history, has settled a number of lawsuits filed as a result of the 2011 Labor Day fire. The fire, which burned about 34,000 acres and resulted in two deaths, was caused when fallen trees knocked down Bluebonnet power lines, sparking a wildfire, according to a Texas Forest Service report. Bluebonnet is also pursuing a case of its own against the tree-trimming company charged with maintaining vegetation along its power lines.

 

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