Tuesday Must Read: PG&E Blames San Bruno Blast Victims; Amazon.com to Fight Sales Tax at Ballot Box

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1. In a surprise move, PG&E said in court documents that victims of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion are partially responsible for it because of alleged “negligence,” the Chron reports. The utility, however, did not explain how the victims of the blast could have been negligent or how they could have played a role in an explosion that killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood. PG&E also argued in court that any victim who received money from the utility for damage to their property should not be able to sue for additional funds, even though PG&E said earlier that the payouts — $15,000 to $50,000, depending on severity of damage — would not affect civil lawsuits. PG&E also is seeking to blame a sewer contractor for the pipeline blast, saying the work it did in 2008 likely weakened the pipe, even though investigators have so far said a faulty weld in the pipe, coupled with too much pressure in the line, was the likely cause of the explosion.


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