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

16 responses to “City of Los Angeles Embedded Electric Surcharge Class Action Settlement”

  1. Jamila Bradford says:

    I have DWP sense Nov 2016

    ADMIN – Hi Jamila,

    That makes you a class member.

  2. Tina Carter says:

    Charing to much money

  3. Lisa Paterson says:

    I was sharing utilities with a friend

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    Sharing does not count. The account holder will get all the benefits.

  4. Lisa Paterson says:

    536 N. BUENA VISTA ST. APT.1
    HEMET CA. 92543

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    Leaving your address here does not result in anything at all.

  5. Jason says:

    I was a retail electricity customer of the LADWP during the period January 29, 2012 through September 14, 2017. I have since Left the state and have no account with them. What benefit would a 8% credit do for me?

    ADMIN – Hi Jason,

    That is why we are suggesting people opt out and get their own lawyer.

  6. Wooderson says:

    The credit is 8% of all charges I’ve paid to LADWP over the years? Meaning if I paid $150,000 to them over the course of a couple of years within this settlement period I would be receiving a $12,00 credit? Is this a credit that they will apply to our current bills until used up or are they going to be sending out checks? I presume it’s the former, but it would be nice to have confirmation of the terms of the settlement dispersal. Anyone?

    ADMIN – Hi Wooderson,

    Not over the years but only for the period for which they applied the surcharge. As for the rest of the terms they are as follows:

    The Settlement provides the following benefits:

    First, beginning on July 1, 2017, the City and LADWP will deduct eight percent (8%) from the amounts otherwise charged to all LADWP retail electricity customers pursuant to the 2016 Electric Rate Ordinance. The expected savings for electric ratepayers over the next three fiscal years is estimated to be Two Hundred Forty-Three Million Dollars ($243,000,000).

    Second, and in addition, the City has agreed to create a Settlement Fund in the amount of Fifty-Two Million Dollars ($52,000,000) (the “Settlement Fund”). After administrative expenses, attorney’s fees and expenses, and service awards are paid from the Settlement Fund, the balance will be distributed as a per kilowatt-hour credit to the electric rates of LADWP retail electricity customers. The Settlement Fund represents the City’s best estimate of eight percent (8%) of the retail revenues that it collected on its 2016 Electrical Rate Ordinance from April 15, 2016 through the date it began deducting eight percent (8%) from the amounts otherwise charged to all LADWP retail electricity customers pursuant to the 2016 Rate Ordinance: July 1, 2017. This estimate will be reconciled in the future with the actual amount charged and if the eight percent (8%) of the actual retail revenues is greater than Fifty-Two Million Dollars ($52,000,000), such additional amounts will be credited to electric rate customers.

    Third, the City has agreed to not transfer any funds it collects through the 2016 Electric Rate Ordinance in the future from the LADWP to the City. The City has also agreed to “cap” its transfers from the 2008 Electric Rate Ordinance at eight percent (8%).

    Fourth, subject to Court approval, the City has agreed to make a payment of Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($650,000) to Alliance for Children’s Rights and Westwood Recreation Complex, d.b.a. Friends of Los Angeles, 26 U.S.C § 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization(s), that have been designated by the Plaintiffs.

  7. Kim Stanton says:

    Why are they giving $650,000 to Alliance for Children’s Rights and Westwood Recreation Complex??

    ADMIN – Hi Kim,

    In some instances when a community as a whole is wronged the judge decides to allocate part of the settlement towards a program or charity that is relevant to the group of people who were affected by the action in question.

  8. Phil Bass says:

    Once again, it looks like LADWP shafts the public. Whom ever initiated the surcharge in the first place should personally pay for all the legal fees along punitive damages. Politicians and City employees should not be able to hide under the protective bubble of government.

  9. Michelle King says:

    Currently live out if State but did live in Los Angeles during 2012 -2017. Just received forward mail. Can I still file a claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

    Unfortunately the deadline has passed and you may no longer file.

  10. Irma says:

    Hola, yo tube una Cuenta el 2014 creo que asta el 2016 y tube unos problemitas en los Cobros por confusion de el LADWP y del 2016 asta ahora canbie la Cuenta a hombre de mi mama las dos vivimos juntas. podemos ser beneficiadas? Mi mama Es retirara y recibe Pagos del seguro social, pueda Ella ser beneficiada?

    ADMIN – Hi Irma,

    If you were due a benefit it was probably already credited to your account.

  11. Rich says:

    What happens to all the people who got jerked for 8% during those years and now have moved out of DWP area? We get NOTHING but the SHAFT!!!!!!

  12. rk says:

    If the hearing date was 2/4/18, when will we hear the results and get the refund?

    ADMIN – Hi RK,

    I normally start asking around and even call the class action administrator when no updates have been posted 8 weeks after the hearing. Give them a call and tell us what you find out.

  13. Michael Watts says:

    I am a client of ECK law firm & have been notified by them that we won the case on Feb 14 this year, yet, I have heard nothing about any settlement concerning me & here we are in May.

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  14. Gigi says:

    Good morning,

    I read on the website that final judgment was rendered on 21 February 2018 and that the Class Action Settlement was approved.

    When will refund to class action members be issued, please? Has anyone received his/her refund yet?

    Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Gigi,

    I have not received any reports of checks

  15. Mary Kay Mead says:

    What is the name and phone number of the Class Action Administrator?

    ADMIN – Hi Mary,

    LADWP Electric Rate Case
    Settlement Administrator
    P.O. Box 404007
    Louisville, KY 40233-4007

  16. Eric H. Roth says:

    So, once again, LADWP somehow avoids following the law and effective oversight. Shock, shock. Forget this incompetent/lazy/indifferent/distracted Class Action Administrator. How does LADWP, exactly, systematically commit fraud – in open daylight – and avoid legal penalties? Do you think there might be a connection between generous campaign donations to elected officials and the disinterest of those same elected officials – from the Mayor to the City Council – in holding LADWP to the absolute minimum standards? It’s so corrupt and so open that it defies description. Time to watch Chinatown again, and just marvel at the public tolerance for fraud committed daily by LADWP in “estimating” consumer bills and making up absurd charges. Who can hold them responsible?

    Where can I find a new lawsuit against LADWP for its awful, fraudulent billing practices?

    ADMIN – Hi Eric,

    Have you considered being a class representative yourself?

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