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Hon. Randall J. Newsome (Ret.) to Mediate PG&E’s Chapter 11 Restructuring

Judge Newsome will assist the parties to resolve their many disputes and work to begin complex compensation process for wildfire victims

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San Francisco – JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is proud to announce that Hon. Randall J. Newsome (Ret.) has been appointed as mediator to oversee the reorganization plan in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Judge Newsome was appointed by Judge Dennis Montali of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.

Having served as mediator for PG&E’s first bankruptcy over 16 years ago, Judge Newsome will leverage his decades of bankruptcy experience to help negotiate a Chapter 11 plan that serves all parties involved and begins the complex process of compensating wildfire victims for their losses.

Because he served as mediator during the 2003 bankruptcy, we are confident that Judge Newsome will be able to apply his extensive background and experience with his unique understanding of the complex emotional, social and economic issues involved with mediating the restructuring. We are proud that Judge Newsome has been appointed to this role, which carries tremendous importance for the state of California.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

During his career, Judge Newsome has successfully served as a mediator in hundreds of cases, both as a full-time neutral at JAMS and during his 28 years as a settlement and bankruptcy judge. Handling both local and national matters involving complex bankruptcy and commercial issues, he has a track record of bringing about successful resolution while working to enhance the parties’ continuing relationship. Prior to joining JAMS, Judge Newsome was chief judge at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. With 28 locations, JAMS and its nearly 400 panelists are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases every year.

JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

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