Los Angeles 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:

The City of Los Angeles is paying more than $32 million to settle a class action alleging that it miscalculated a natural gas utility user tax (GUT) on its Southern California Gas Company utility bills. The complaint alleged that a Service Establishment Charge (SEC) and a Customer Charge were improperly included in the calculation.

Docket Number:


Company: City of Los Angeles

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: April 16, 2014

Objection Deadline: December 29, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: December 29, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: March 17, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

No proof is needed and no claim forms are required. Presumably company records will be used to identify class members.


You may be eligible if you were a customer who bought natural gas from the Southern California Gas Company at any time during the billing period with at least one day falling on or after April 16, 2014 through the present.

Typical Settlement Amount:

The city will change its calculation of the charges. Also, Southern California Gas Company customers who are residents of Los Angeles and subject to the GUT will receive a portion of the net settlement fund.

Total Settlement Amount: $32,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $40,000 in total for the three Class Representatives

Law Firms:
Tostrud Law Group
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

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

Settlement Website: Los Angeles Gas Tax Settlement

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

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

Tags: Utility Overcharge