Judge Rules Thomas Fire, Debris Flow Cases to be Coordinated in LA County Superior Court

A Ventura County judge has recommended to the Judicial Council that Los Angeles County Superior Court serve as the venue for pretrial coordination proceedings in cases pertaining to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide/debris flow disasters against Southern California Edison. The order was issued April 16 by Vincent J. O'Neill Jr., coordination motion judge of the Ventura County Superior Court, and designates the Court of Appeal, Second District as the reviewing court. “We are pleased with the ruling," said Brian Panish of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP. "While Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have excellent judges, Los Angeles County courts are best equipped to handle thousands of complex cases such as this and can efficiently administer the case. We're ready to move forward in seeking justice for our clients," he said. The Ventura County court determined Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow cases are complex due to the sheer number of…

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