After losing a landmark judgment in 2015, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must pay $8.9 million in attorneys’ fees to the San Diego County Water Authority, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. As the prevailing party, the Water Authority is entitled to its attorneys’ fees, according to the court order; a previous decision awarded the Water Authority more than $320,000 in court costs.
On Tuesday, lawyers for the San Diego County Water Authority will argue in San Francisco Superior Court for overturning illegal rates charged by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, commencing a five-day trial that has financial implications for water ratepayers across the region and state.
The San Diego County Water Authority on Friday asked a San Francisco Superior Court judge to declare illegal and unenforceable contract language used by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to punish the Water Authority for challenging the legality of MWD’s water rates. In its motion for summary judgment, the Water Authority is asking Superior Court Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow to rule on the matter before the rest of its case challenging MWD’s 2011-2014 water rates goes to trial December 17.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Pollack has rejected all objections raised by San Diego Coastkeeper to the San Diego County Water Authority’s 2014 adoption of its Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update and Climate Action Plan, finding the Water Authority followed all applicable laws and procedures when the agency adopted them last year.
The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today unanimously approved filing suit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California challenging the 2011 and 2012 water rates that MWD adopted in April.
A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Tuesday agreed with most of the discovery limits proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority, denying the majority of a motion to compel filed by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Tuesday’s order followed a court hearing held last Friday in San Francisco on MWD’s motion.
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted the San Diego County Water Authority’s motion to amend a lawsuit against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Water Authority Rate Challenge
For more information about the Water Authority’s lawsuit against unfair rates and charges levied by MWD, go to www.sdcwa.org/mwdrate-challenge
The San Diego County Water Authority’s ongoing quest for fair water rates gained more pre-trial momentum on Friday after a Superior Court judge said he would coordinate the agency’s two challenges to wholesale water rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly on Tuesday validated the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and rejected all of the remaining legal challenges to the landmark accord. The ruling secures a key component of water supply for the San Diego County Water Authority, which will receive 180,000 acre-feet of water this year as result of the QSA and related projects.
For California, Connelly’s decision provides certainty about access to its basic annual apportionment of 4.4 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River.
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to produce documents responsive to a Public Records Act request made 18 months ago by the San Diego County Water Authority. Judge James Chalfant ruled that LADWP “…did not produce the responsive documents on its own initiative, whether before or during the lawsuit.” LADWP has 30 days to turn over the documents based upon a set of search terms provided by the Water Authority.