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The State of California was ordered, Wednesday, Feb. 5, to pay Sierra Pacific Industries more than $24 million in legal costs and fees incurred during its defense of the Moonlight Fire lawsuit.
Judge Leslie C. Nichols imposed sanctions against Cal Fire for engaging in “the pervasive and systematic abuse of California’s discovery rules in a misguided effort to prevail against these defendants.”
According to an SPI press release, Nichols ruled that Cal Fire investigators weren’t truthful in their testimony about the 2007 Moonlight Fire.
“Had they (Cal Fire) testified truthfully from the start, as required, defendants would have likely spent nothing, or very little, as the case most likely could not have advanced,” the court added.
The fire, which ignited Sept. 3, 2007, on private forestland in Plumas County, raged for more than two weeks. It burned 65,000 acres, including 46,000 acres in the Plumas and Lassen national forests.
The latest details were reported in the Feb. 12 editions of Feather Publishing newspapers. The full story has now been posted.
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Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014
Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted