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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Important Update: The Court granted final approval of the Settlement on March 17, 2021.
You may read a copy of the Court’s Order here.

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 settlement of this class action lawsuit, including the Settlement benefits and about all of their options under 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
(Passed)
The deadline to exclude yourself or “opt out” of the Settlement was December 29, 2020, and has passed. If you received a re-mailed Postcard Notice, the deadline to submit your exclusion request was January 18, 2021 and has passed.
OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT
December 29, 2020
(Passed)
The deadline to object to the settlement was December 29, 2020, and has passed. If you received a re-mailed Postcard Notice, the deadline to submit your objection was January 18, 2021 and has passed.

 

GO TO A HEARING
March 17, 2021
(Passed)
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. The Court granted final approval of the Settlement on March 17, 2021.

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Mail

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