Southern California Edison Wins Appellate Court Reversal of $1.2 Million Verdict

Munger, Tolles & Olson, and co-counsel Lim Nexus and Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, represented Southern California Edison (SCE) in obtaining the reversal on March 26, 2018 of a $1.2 million jury award granted to a plaintiff claiming she was harmed by voltage from a nearby SCE substation.

A former Redondo Beach resident had filed a nuisance claim against the power company alleging she suffered harm from stray voltage that ran into a shower in her home following a renovation that allowed the electricity to travel on metal pipes underneath her home. SCE owned an electrical substation near her property. In February 2016, she was awarded damages by a state jury.

Munger, Tolles & Olson, along with co-counsel, represented SCE in appealing the verdict in the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. The three-judge panel held that the trial court had erred by allowing irrelevant evidence, reversed the verdict and remanded the case to the lower court for a retrial on the nuisance claim.