The opposition argued that PG&E’s $11 billion settlement with a group representing about 110 insurers that have already paid claims in the fires threatens to shortchange uninsured and underinsured victims. Critics also say the deal would give the company an unfair advantage to gain support for its deeply flawed reorganization plan.
Although it didn’t come up Wednesday, Newsom has been pressing PG&E to revise its plan to reserve $13.5 billion to cover fire victims beyond those included in the $11 billion settlement. That would match the amount earmarked in the bondholders’ competing proposal.
PG&E’s plan calls for the victims to get an additional $7.5 billion, not including government agencies with claims.
Media reports that PG&E was nearing an agreement to meet Newsom’s demands caused the company’s stock to surge 11% Wednesday to close at $9.47. That remains far below a high of $71.57 in September 2017, reached just before the first of the major wildfires erupted and began raising doubts about PG&E’s future.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali said he will rule on the insurance settlement soon.
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