SPI’s vindication won’t end bounty hunter mentality
February 18, 2014 — Misguided. Deceptive. Not truthful. Corrupt. Tainted. Egregious. Systematic misdirection. Reprehensible conduct.
Those are some of the words Judge Leslie C. Nichols used last week to describe the tactics of CalFire and two of its lawyers. Nichols threw out the state’s $8 million lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries; and then ordered CalFire to pay SPI and its legal team $25 million for wasting their time.
We were pleased to hear about the judge’s ruling. It is vindication for the family-owned timber company with strong connections to Plumas County.
Sierra Pacific Industries has argued from the beginning that it had nothing to do with starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire.