Watts Guerra LLC Secures $299M Settlement In Southern Oregon Wildfire Case Against PacifiCorp

PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is the parent company of the Oregon electric utility Pacific Power
By: Watts Guerra LLC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Dec. 11, 2023 - PRLog -- Watts Guerra LLC, a leading mass tort litigation firm, is helping to secure a groundbreaking victory in a $299 million settlement on behalf of homeowners affected by The Archie Creek fire in Southern Oregon. The settlement, reached with PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, represents a significant milestone for those impacted by the devastating wildfire.

The Archie Creek Fire prompted Watts Guerra LLC to take swift action on behalf of the affected individuals. The Archie Creek Fire in Southern Oregon ignited on September 8, 2020, and rapidly spread through the landscape of Douglas County. Dry conditions, high winds, and an abundance of flammable vegetation made for a perfect storm, as the fire consumed over 130,000 acres of land, including dense forests and residential areas. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate, and tragically, some lost their homes to the relentless flames.

Leveraging their extensive expertise in mass tort wildfire cases, Watts Guerra LLC relentlessly pursued justice for the victims, holding PacifiCorp accountable for ignoring warning signs during Oregon's wildfire season. The $299 million settlement is a testament to the firm's commitment to securing fair compensation for their clients and ensuring that responsible parties are held liable for their actions.

"I congratulate Pacific Power's new CEO Cindy Crain and its General Counsel Ryan Flynn for their decision to work proactively with me to resolve this litigation," says Mikal Watts. "I commit to continuing to work with them to settle other wildfire claims yet to be resolved, and also to advocate with Pacific Power for securitization solutions and a risk-sharing fund like California's AB 1054, so that Oregonians can enjoy access to safe and reliable utility power in a manner which makes the utilities who provide it attractive to investors. It is one thing to resolve wildfire liabilities; it is quite another to create a financial environment that provides the investments necessary to mitigate the risk of them happening again. Oregon needs both."

The settlement only addresses homeowners impacted by the wildfire, not the timber companies and wineries that faced substantial losses as a result of the fire. The legal team at Watts Guerra LLC remains steadfast in its commitment to providing quality legal representation to all affected parties, ensuring that all claims stemming from this devastating event are appropriately addressed.


Watts Guerra LLC is a national leader in mass tort litigation, particularly in cases involving wildfire devastation, product liability and environmental disasters. Founded by Mikal C. Watts, who helped secure a landmark $13.5 billion settlement for victims of the California wildfires in 2019, the firm is unwavering in its commitment to defend the rights of individuals against corporate negligence. https://www.wattsguerrallc.com/

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