Frequently Asked Questions:
Is This a Class Action Lawsuit?
A Porter Ranch gas leak class action lawsuit was filed and is ongoing but the Kennedy legal team is only accepting individual cases at this time.
The class action lawsuit was filed on December 2, 2015 and seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages for Porter Ranch residents as well as an injunction that would include “provisions for further ongoing monitoring of plaintiffs’ property and potential remediation by defendant.”
The team of law firms headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. then filed the first personal injury Porter Ranch gas leak lawsuit on behalf of the Katz Family. The family is taking legal action because SoCalGas has not stepped up to relocate the family, address their medical needs, or compensate them for their financial losses as a result of SoCalGas’ negligence. The entire family is experiencing severe health issues as a result of the leak.
Residents of Porter Ranch are encouraged to contact our firm ASAP so that they may also be represented and seek compensation for the damages they have incurred since the gas leak began.
The law firms representing Porter Ranch gas leak victims are committed to protecting the rights of each individual that decides to file suit against SoCalGas and its parent company, Sempra Energy. The law firms are filing individual cases as part of a mass toxic tort litigation wherein the particulars of each individual case will be taken into consideration.
What is a Mass Toxic Tort?
In mass toxic tort litigation, a single attorney or a group of attorneys represent many injured parties in individual cases. An investigation conducted by one attorney can be shared among all of the individual cases. Furthermore, a network of attorneys are able to pool together resources, information and ideas, all in the name of ensuring that each individual receives a fair settlement for their injuries or damages.
Compensation that is recovered in mass tort litigation is awarded to each plaintiff individually, whereas in a class action lawsuit, compensation is split between all of the members of the class (or group).
How Do I Know if My Home is Affected by the Gas Leak?
If you have smelled gas or suffered various health issues, the value of your home will likely suffer too. Each situation is unique but under these circumstances, it is better to get in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your rights.
What is the Environmental Impact of the Porter Ranch Gas Leak?
While the leak will eventually be stopped, the devastating effects of this environmental catastrophe will be felt for years to come. Below is an Environmental Defense Fund breakdown of just how damaging the leak is: