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Wholesale Electricity Antitrust Cases, D047697

In cases arising out of the California energy crisis of 2000, sustaining of demurrer to master complaint is affirmed where the trial court correctly applied the doctrines of field and conflict preemption in that federal law occupied the field of wholesale electricity market control and regulation and the filed rate doctrine barred the filing of this action for damages.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/26/2007
  • Published 02/26/2007




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, Leonard B. Simon, Pamela M. Parker and Frank J. Janecek Jr., San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Ruth Hendricks, People of the City and County of San Francisco, City of Oakland and County of Santa Clara., Best, Best & Krieger, C. Michael Cowett, Robert J. Hanna, Mary E. Coburn, James P. Gilpin and William C. Pate, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Borrego Water District, Fallbrook Public Utility District, Helix Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Ramona Municipal Water District, Sweetwater Authority, Valley Center Municipal Water District, Vista Irrigation District, Yuma Municipal Water District, Metropolitan Transit Development Board, San Diego Trolley, Inc. and San Diego Transit Corporation., Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver, Harvey R. Levine, Richard A. Huver;  Patricia A. Meyer & Associates, Patricia A. Meyer, Marisa Janine-Page, and Matthew T. Poelstra, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Cruz Bustamante, Ruth Hendricks and Barbara Matthews., Kiesel, Boucher & Larson and Raymond P. Boucher, Beverly Hills, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Cruz Bustamante and Barbara Matthews., Krause, Kalfayan, Benink & Slavens, James C. Krause, Ralph B. Kalfayan, David B. Zlotnick, San Diego;  Keegan, Macaluso & Baker, Patrick N. Keegan, La Jolla;  and Hoyt E. Hart II for Plaintiff and Appellant Pamela Gordon., Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, William Bernstein, Joseph R. Saveri and Barry Himmelstein, San Francisco, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Oscars Photo Lab, Pier 23 Restaurant and Mary L. Davis., Office of City Attorney, Dennis J. Herrera and Theresa L. Mueller for Plaintiff and Appellant City and County of San Francisco., Office of Oakland City Attorney, John A. Russo, Barbara Parker, Oakland, and Izetta C. R. Jackson, San Francisco, for Plaintiff and Appellant City of Oakland., Office of Santa Clara County Counsel, Ann Miller Ravel and Cheryl A. Stevens, San Jose, for Plaintiff and Appellant County of Santa Clara.

  • For Appellees:
  • Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman, Douglas R. Tribble, Connie J. Wolfe, San Diego, John M. Grenfell and Michael J. Kass, San Francisco, for Defendants and Respondents Cabrillo Power I, LLC, Cabrillo Power II, LLC, Louis J. Dorey, Dynegy, Inc., Dynegy Marketing & Trading, Dynegy Power Marketing, Inc., El Segundo Power, LLC, Long Beach Generation, LLC, Matt K. Schatzman and Charles Watson., Latham & Watkins, Daniel Murray Wall, San Francisco, Michael J. Weaver and Kimberly A. Hicks, San Diego, for Defendants and Respondents Sempra Energy, Inc., Sempra Generation and Sempra Energy Trading Corporation., Coughlan, Semmer & Lipman, R.J. Coughlan, Jr.;   Williams & Connolly, Stephen D. Raber, for Defendant and Respondent AES Corporation., Kirkland & Ellis, Tony L. Richardson, Jeffrey S. Davidson, and James B. Ransom, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc.
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