Cedric The Entertainer Sues SoCalGas, Parent Company Over Aliso Canyon Leak

CHATSWORTH (CBSLA.com) — Comedian Cedric The Entertainer is suing the Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company, Sempra, over the Aliso Canyon gas leak, according to reports.

Known formally as Cedric Kyles, the “Barbershop” star and his wife, Lorna, filed a lawsuit alleging their family continues to suffer illness and their property value has dropped because of the gas leak, which began in Oct. 2015 and continued until Feb. 2016, the Daily News reported.

Kyles filed a 48-page lawsuit in Los Angeles this week through Tampa-based law firm Wilkes & McHugh, according to the Daily News.

Wilkes & McHugh won $900 million in a lawsuit against a nursing home management company in 2012.

The comedian’s lawsuit alleges Aliso Canyon was poorly maintained and regulated, which in turn impacted the health of the Kyles family and other nearby residents, according to the complaint cited by the Daily News.

In addition to property damage, the Kyles claim to have suffered “physical ailments, such as nosebleeds, vertigo, breathing issues, coughs and pains in extremities and rashes”.

According to the family’s attorneys, SoCalGas and parent company Sempra ignored state warnings and continued to oversee injection of natural gas into the aging wells.

The Kyles’ lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages against SoCalGas, parent company Sempra, and up to 100 yet to be named defendants for negligence and other allegations that stem from the natural gas blowout, the Daily News reported.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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