April 2, 2014

San Diego jury awards $1.3 million in punitive damages against SDG&E

We missed this story when it came down last week: Times of San Diego reported on March 27 that a jury awarded $1.3 million in punitive damages, on top of $860,000 in compensatory damages, against San Diego Gas & Electric.

The plaintiff brought a whistleblower suit claiming he was fired after complaining that SDG&E was targeting low-income customers with delinquent notices in order to make money on late fees.  SDG&E responded that it fired the plaintiff for engaging in "extremely inappropriate conduct" in his role as a supervisor.  The company says it plans to appeal.