Southern California Gas Co. announced late last month it had entered into settlement agreements related to the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas leak for $1.8 billion. The settlement is intended to resolve a majority of the pending civil litigation against the utility.

For the Valley law firms that represent many of the 35,700 plaintiffs in the mass tort, the settlement represents a business milestone.

“This is a long journey for all of us, most importantly the residents, homeowners and first-responders who were present during the gas leak, which was entirely preventable,” R. Rex Parris, whose Lancaster-based Parris Law Firm represented several thousand plaintiffs in the case, said in a statement. “This settlement should go a long way toward helping everyone pay for the various health issues that have arisen due to this disaster.”

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