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SJC Water Lawyer Writes Water Rate Litigation Article

We’ve been discussing the growing number of constituencies watching the San Juan Capistrano water rate litigation as it unfolds, and we’ve been trying to provide a range of facts and opinions on the case and its implications. Recently, we offered our own primer on the water rate litigation, and last week we linked to a [...]

Stanford Think Tank Summarizes San Juan Capistrano Water Rate Litigation

The San Juan Capistrano water rate litigation is attracting the attention of municipal water watchers around the State. Astute readers know that we provided a water rate litigation primer in this article. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West (both Stanford University affiliated environmental think tanks) [...]

Parties Discussing Settlement in San Juan Water Rate Litigation

The Capistrano Dispatch is on the San Juan water rate litigation story, too. Their latest article is here. Noted in the article is the attempt by the parties to negotiate a settlement out of court. A quick settlement would be in everyone’s best interests, and it is good to see the sides (which have at [...]

Brief Primer on San Juan Capistrano Tiered Water Rate Litigation and Appeal

Have you been following the lawsuit over San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure? If so, you know that the San Juan Capistrano City Council has appealed an adverse trial court ruling in Orange County Superior Court holding that the city’s tiered rate structure (a structure used by many Southern California cities) violates Proposition 218 [...]