Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher
It took 51 pages for Golden State Water Company (GSWC) to argue why the appeal of its lawsuit against the ratepayers in its Ojai service area and Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) should be upheld.
GSWC law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips filed its reply brief Wednesday with the Second Appellate District Court of Appeals. This brief is typically the last step before the court schedules oral arguments prior to deciding the case.
In this case, however, that timeline could be expanded a bit after four public agencies have indicated a desire to intervene on behalf of Casitas, Ojai Friends of Locally Owned water (F.L.O.W.) and the ratepayers.