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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Dismisses Methane Leak Case, Says Utilities Commission Has Jurisdiction

LOS ANGELES - A California state court judge on Nov. 21 dismissed a lawsuit brought by a resident against a gas company and its parent company regarding alleged damages from a methane leak in 2015, ruling that if a trier of fact determined that the seriousness of harm from a gas facility outweighed the benefit of the facility to the community, it would clash with a decision from the California Public Utility Commission (PUC), which has been granted jurisdiction over such decisions by the state Legislature (William Gandsey v. Southern California Gas Co., No. BC601844, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).
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