Category Archives: Litigation
Water Authority’s Ratepayer Protection Case Secures Additional $36 Million Recovery
Agencies Reach Agreement over Water Deliveries
Water Authority Prevails in Rate Litigation, Awarded Right to Attorneys’ Fees
Metropolitan Water District Cancels Funding for Local Water Supply Projects in Retaliation for Lawsuit Challenging its Rates
San Diego ratepayers will pay nearly $23 million to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) this year to help fund local conservation and water supply development projects like seawater desalination, groundwater and recycled water – more money than any other water district in Southern California.
Mark J. Hattam Named New General Counsel for Water Authority
Following a national search to select the agency’s top legal officer, the San Diego County Water Authority today named Mark J. Hattam as general counsel; he will begin March 14. The Board of Directors approved Hattam’s terms of employment during its regular monthly meeting.
Adoption of Illegal MWD Rates Forces Fourth Water Authority Lawsuit
The San Diego County Water Authority today filed its fourth lawsuit against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, alleging that MWD’s newly adopted rates for 2017 and 2018 violate California law, the state Constitution and common law that all require rates to be set based upon cost of service.
Final Judgment in Rate Case Secures Landmark Water Authority Victories
A final judgment entered in San Francisco Superior Court late Wednesday affirms victories by the San Diego County Water Authority in both phases of two landmark lawsuits challenging rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Final Ruling: Water Authority Owed $188.3 Million Plus Interest in Rate Case Victory
A San Francisco Superior Court judge today issued a final decision that says the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must pay the San Diego County Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for illegal water rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014. Judge Curtis E.A.
MWD Owes Water Authority $232 Million, Judge Declares
A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled late Friday that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California owes the San Diego County Water Authority $43.4 million in prejudgment interest, in addition to the $188.3 million awarded on Aug. 28 as contract damages for illegal rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014. The order brings the amount MWD owes the Water Authority to $231.7 million.