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Koponen v. Pacific Gas & Electric, A116728

In a class action suit against defendant Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for damages after PG&E leased or licensed rights in easement burdening plaintiffs' property to telecommunications companies for purposes of installing and using fiber optic lines, the case is remanded where: 1) trial court erred in ruling that Public Utilities Code section 1759 deprived it of jurisdiction to consider all of plaintiffs' claims; and 2) some of those claims survive the bar of the section.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/28/2008
  • Published 07/29/2008


  • STEIN, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, Frank J. Janecek, Jr., Pamela M. Parker, Christopher Collins, San Diego, Bushnell, Caplan, & Fielding, Alan M. Caplan, San Francisco, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Lionel B. Wilson, Helen W. Yee, Carrie G. Pratt, for Amicus Curiae, California Public Utilities Commission.

  • For Appellees:
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mark H. Penskar, Cesar V. Alegria, Jr., san Francisco, Willenken, Wilson, Loh & Lieb, Nhan T. Vu, Jason H. Wilson, Paul J. Loh, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent.
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