Engquist, et al. v. City of Los Angeles
Gas Tax LA Settlement
Case No. BC591331

Welcome to the Engquist, et al. v. City of Los Angeles Settlement Website

If you paid the City of Los Angeles’ Gas Utility User Tax on Southern California Gas Company’s natural gas bills from April 16, 2014 to the present, this Class Action Settlement may affect your rights.

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What is this lawsuit about?

The lawsuit alleges that the City of Los Angeles improperly included the Service Establishment Charge (“SEC”) and the Customer Charge in its calculation of the gas utility user tax ("GUT"). The lawsuit contends that the City may only calculate the GUT on the line item for the gas commodity. The City denies the allegations, and the parties have agreed to a settlement to avoid the expense, delay, and risk of continued litigation.

The Court authorized the Notice because Class Members have a right to know about the proposed settlement of this class action lawsuit, including the Settlement benefits, and about all of their options under the Settlement, before the Court decides whether to grant final approval of the Settlement.

Who is included?

You are a “Class Member” and will automatically receive benefits from this Settlement if you are a Southern California Gas Company natural gas customer who was charged the GUT (described as the line item “Los Angeles City Users Tax” on the Southern California Gas Company’s natural gas bill) that had a billing period that includes at least one day that falls on or after April 16, 2014 through the present.

SUMMARY OF YOUR OPTIONS

ACTION
EXPLANATION
DO NOTHING No action is required to receive the Settlement Benefits. If you are a Class Member, you will automatically receive the benefits from this Settlement if the Settlement is approved and becomes final. You will be bound by the Settlement and give up certain rights. You will give up your right to sue the City about the claims resolved by this Settlement.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF (OPT OUT)
December 29, 2020
If you do not want to be included in the Settlement you can opt out of the Settlement by filling out the Opt Out form here by December 29, 2020.  If you opt out of the Settlement you will keep your right to sue the City about the claims resolved by this Settlement.  Class Members who received a re-mailed Summary Notice have until January 18, 2021 to request exclusion.
OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT
December 29, 2020
If you stay in the Settlement (do not opt out) you may object to it or any of its terms by writing to the attorneys for the parties and the Settlement Administrator by December 29, 2020. If you object, you will automatically receive the benefits from this Settlement if it is approved and becomes final and you will give up your right to sue the City about the claims resolved by this Settlement.  Class Members who received a re-mailed Summary Notice have until January 18, 2021 to submit an objection.
GO TO A HEARING
December 29, 2020
You may attend and ask to speak at a hearing regarding the fairness of the Settlement.

The Court supervising this case has granted Preliminary Approval to the Settlement, but must still decide whether to grant Final Approval before the Settlement becomes final. The Final Fairness Hearing to decide whether to grant Final Approval of the Settlement is scheduled to take place on March 17, 2021.

For More Information

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Mail

Engquist v. City of Los Angeles
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91010
Seattle, WA 98111