(The Final Ruling announced)….It was announced late last week.
A San Francisco Superior Court Judge issued the 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. The Met delivers water to San Diego and several other water districts in Southern California. Judge Curtis Karnow also determined that MWD has been under-calculating the Water Authority’s preferential right to MWD water supplies by improperly excluding hundreds of millions of dollars of payments made by the Water Authority. The final ruling affirms the tentative ruling issued July 15th. In his final decision, the judge rejected MWD’s defenses to the Water Authority’s legal challenges, including the contention that the Water Authority consented to being overcharged by the Los Angeles-based wholesaler. Instead, he said the Water Authority is entitled to the damages it claimed, four years of overpayments, plus interest.