November 20, 2002

The California Supreme Court today agreed to hear questions sent to it by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the appeal by The Utility Reform Network of the settlement agreement between Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  In a unanimous decision on Sept. 23, the Circuit Court rejected federal law challenges to the agreement but determined that challenges based on alleged violations of California state law should be resolved by the California Supreme Court.  In response, SCE President Bob Foster issued the following statement.

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2002-We are pleased that the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the issues of state law sent to it by the federal court of appeals.  We look forward to briefing the court on the validity of the judgment confirming our settlement agreement with the CPUC.

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