City of Los Angeles Natural Gas Tax Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action against the City of Los Angeles for improper addtions to its natural gas utility tax. The complaint claims that the city improperly added a Public Purpose Surcharge and a State Regulatory Fee to the tax, when it should have based the tax only on the amount of natural gas used. 

Docket Number:


Company: City of Los Angeles

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: December 12, 2012 to April 12, 2019

Objection Deadline: August 19, 2019

Exclusion Deadline: August 19, 2019

Final Approval Hearing: October 9, 2019

Proof of Purchase:

You do not need to file a claim at all. Presumably city records will be used to identify class members.


You may be eligible if you were a natural gas customer of Southern California Gas Company during the billing period of December 12, 2012 and April 12, 2019.

Typical Settlement Amount:

The net settlement fund will be distributed to city resident customers of Southern California Gas Company who are subject to the City Users Tax. Payments will be made by lowering the tax rate on upcoming gas taxes for up to 36 months.

Total Settlement Amount: $32,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Ahdoot & Wolfson
Law Offices of Paul G. Kerkorian

Case Name: Lavinsky, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.

Settlement Website: City of Los Angeles Natural Gas Tax Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
KCC Class Action Services, LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Lavinsky Settlement Administrator
c/o KCC Class Action Services LLC
P.O. Box 404133
Louisville, KY 40233-4133

Tags: Improper Other Tax Charges, Tax Overcharges, Utility Overcharge