McKool Smith Hennigan client, Sempra Energy, owner of the largest U.S. natural-gas distributor, won a jury verdict in a lawsuit with the California Department of Water Resources over failure to build a power plant on time. The jury in San Diego Superior Court agreed that Sempra didn’t breach a $6.6 billion 2001 contract to provide a stable supply of power in the wake of the state’s 2000-2001 energy crisis, and also that the company was entitled to provide the state with energy from any project or market source and wasn’t obliged to have the 550-megawatt Elk Hills plant in operation when it wasn’t commercially reasonable.

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