City of Los Angeles Embedded Electric Surcharge Class Action Settlement

Class Eligibility

If you were a retail electricity customer of the LADWP at any time during the period January 29, 2012 through September 14, 2017, you are a Class Member and will be bound by the terms of the Settlement. You will receive Settlement benefits if you are an LADWP power (electricity) customer at the time the Settlement is finally approved. You need not take any action to receive these benefits.

Estimated Amount

8% credit

Proof of Purchase


Case Name

Eck, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
Case No. BC577028

Superior Court of the State of California for the City of Los Angeles

Case Summary

The persons who filed this class action are called the “Plaintiffs” and the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”), and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Board of Water and Power Commissioners are the “Defendants.” A class action lawsuit that Plaintiffs filed in the Superior Court of California, for the County of Los Angeles, called Eck, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, Case No. BC577028, alleges that the Defendants impose electric rates that exceed the cost of providing electric service. More specifically, the lawsuit contends that an additional eight percent (8%) surcharge has been embedded into LADWP electric rates in order to fund transfers to the City’s Reserve Fund, where funds are ultimately used to support the City’s general operations. Plaintiffs allege that because the rates exceed the costs of providing electric service, the surcharges constitute taxes which have not been approved by the electorate as required by the California Constitution and the California Government Code. More information can be found at, by calling 1-877-306-5238, or by writing to Class Counsel, whose addresses may be found below in Paragraph 10. A copy of the Settlement Agreement, and other relevant documents, are available at, and is also on file with the Court.

Settlement Pool


Deadline to Opt Out



LADWP Electric Rate Case

Settlement Administrator

P.O. Box 404007

Louisville, KY 40233-4007




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