Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives alleging neglect

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric’s rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility’s former executives and board members. The victims allege dereliction of duty to ensure the equipment wouldn’t kill people. The complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco is an offshoot of a $13.5 billion settlement that PG&E reached with the wildfire victims in late 2019 as the company was in bankruptcy. The deal granted the victims the right to go after the utility’s hierarchy leading up to and during a series of wind-driven wildfires that killed more than 100 people in 2017 and 2018.