December 19, 2019

Southern California Edison Wins Dismissal in Bellwether Litigation

Munger, Tolles & Olson represented Southern California Edison (SCE) in winning summary judgment against four bellwether plaintiff households in litigation alleging an SCE substation emitted stray voltage, harming residents and properties.

Approximately 100 residents of Redondo Beach, California, sued SCE in 2012 seeking extensive damages for personal injuries and property harm. In a decision issued on Dec. 19, 2019, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue found no sufficient causation or evidence for the plaintiffs’ claims.

Lead attorney E. Martin Estrada addressed the victory in a Daily Journal article titled “Munger Tolles Wins for Edison in Stray Voltage Case.” “We’re pleased with the order,” he said. “This was important because Edison takes the safety of their customers very seriously. They inspected the properties, took action but there was no stray voltage.”

Other attorneys who represented Southern California Edison included Jeremy A. Lawrence, Nicholas D. Fram and Sara A. McDermott. LimNexus LLP served as co-counsel.