Judge Rules in Favor of Tea Fire Victims

In an early but small victory for Lance and Carla Hoffman — the only two victims from 2008’s Tea Fire — Judge Colleen Sterne allowed their lawsuit against the owners of the property where the fire began to continue on almost fully intact. The judge said Monday morning one of the causes of action, negligence per se (which is implied negligence when a statute is violated), did not have to be its own cause of action, but could be argued under a general negligence cause of action. more

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