Some clues are here in this L.A. Times article –
California fires bring upheaval to utilities as they face massive liabilities By Matt Stiles
” . . . [Next year] regulators would be granted the power to determine whether a utility acted reasonably when its operations were linked to a fire — a major change that could reduce damages.”
BP “got lucky” with their settlement after a few deaths of obstructionist legislators and pesky journos.
Earlier posts –
More on California fires on the FC Blog