William and Julie Ann Sarale were perturbed when PG&E suddenly began hacking down their walnut trees. PG&E had operated power lines on the grove since 1915 and never did more than keep a 10-foot clearance neatly trimmed from the trees. But in 2004, PG&E started removing whole walnut-rich branches, declaring it now needs a 20-foot clearance and too bad about the Sarales’ $150,000 reduced crop yields. You don’t like it, sue.
In fact, it took three lawsuits to get two sentences of analysis rejecting the Sarales’ claim. The right result, probably, but still a bad one.
Read more at California Trespass Law.