In her annual state of the judiciary address California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has told the state’s courts to prepare for an influx of lawsuits. The destructive wildfires from last year will be the cause.
The suits will be expensive and costly to a state court system that is struggling with operation hour cuts and staff cuts that had to be made during the the income loss-inducing Great Recession. When the state cut costs, criminal charges were prioritized and civil issues have to wait in line.
That may have to change.
Cantil-Sakauye said so far the fires have triggered 45,000 insurance claims and those claims total about $12 billion. We’ve already seen disputes over coverage and Cantil-Sakauye said a lot of them are going to end up in court. “There’s an onslaught of cases waiting to be filed,” she said.
Source link: Insurance Journal