A Sept. 2 trial date has been set in San Diego Superior Court for a $24 billion antitrust class action lawsuit against Sempra Energy.
Sempra, along with two Sempra-owned companies, Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., is charged with conspiring with El Paso Natural Gas Corp. to manipulate the natural gas market, contributing to the state’s energy crisis in 2000 and 2001.
Plaintiffs in the action include more than 13 million California consumers, local governments and businesses.
According to a Sempra spokeswoman, the plaintiffs’ claims are “baseless.”
, Pat Broderick