May 31, 2019
High court endorses 'least-worst rule'
Business-owner plaintiffs suffering 'purely economic losses' from the 2015 SoCalGas leak were barred Thursday from recovering their claimed damages. The California Supreme Court, with palpable reluctance, endorsed a strict rule generally denying tort recovery to plaintiffs whose money damages aren't tied to personal injury or property harms. Amicus supporting SoCalGas, Yen-Shyang Tseng (Horvitz & Levy), and the plaintiffs' attorney Leslie Brueckner (Public Justice) offer competing views.