Sipple vs. City of Chico – lawsuit settled over illegally collected Utility Tax

18 Jan

I wrote about this lawsuit, filed in 2011, a couple of years ago.

https://chicotaxpayers.com/2014/11/26/sipple-et-al-v-city-of-chico-city-of-chico-has-been-accepting-illegally-collected-utility-taxes-again/

It’s finally been settled, and was discussed by council in closed session at their Dec. 1, 2015 meeting, but I don’t know what they are going to do about it, how much of the money is owed by Chico, or any of the details. I just know, they illegally collected and kept money out of people’s cell phone bills, and when we found out, they tried to get us to make it legal at the ballot box. When we overturned it, they only refunded part of the money they’d taken from us. They still spent our taxes fighting the suit as long as they could. 

I wonder if “Bob H.” has anything to say about this? 

[Settlement of Lawsuit – New Cingular Wireless, LLC, Donald Sipple, John Simon, Kark Simonsen, and Christopher Jacobs – $3,038,832] Ordinance authorizing settlement of the lawsuit filed by New Cingular Wireless, LLC, Donald Sipple, John Simon, Karl Simonsen, and Christopher Jacobs against the City and County of San Francisco for $3,038,832; the lawsuit was filed on May 27, 2011, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC462270; entitled Donald Sipple, et al. v. City Of Alameda, et al.; other material terms of said settlement are dismissal of the crosscomplaint filed by the City and County of San Francisco against New Cingular Wireless, LLC, and AT&T Mobility, LLC. 11 Be it ordained by the People of City and County of San Francisco: 12 Section 1. Pursuant to Charter, Section 6.102(5), the Board of Supervisors hereby 13 authorizes the City Attorney to settle the action entitled Donald Sipple. et al. v. City Of 14 Alameda. et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC462270 by the payment of 15 $3,038,832 and by dismissal of the cross-complaint filed in the same action by the City and 16 County of San Francisco against New Cingular Wireless LLC and AT&T Mobility LLC.

Be it ordained by the People of City and County of San Francisco: 12 Section 1. Pursuant to Charter, Section 6.102(5), the Board of Supervisors hereby 13 authorizes the City Attorney to settle the action entitled Donald Sipple. et al. v. City Of 14 Alameda. et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC462270 by the payment of 15 $3,038,832 and by dismissal of the cross-complaint filed in the same action by the City and 16 County of San Francisco against New Cingular Wireless LLC and AT&T Mobility LLC. 17 Section 2. The above-named action was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on 18 May 27, 2011, and the following parties were named in the lawsuit: Plaintiffs New Cingular 19 Wireless LLC, Donald Sipple, John Simon, Karl Simonsen, and Christopher Jacobs; 20 Defendants City and County of San Francisco, City of Alameda, Alameda County, City of 21 Albany, City of Alhambra, City of Arcadia, City of Arcata, City of Baldwin Park, City of 22 Beaumont, City of Bell, City of Bellflower, City of Benecia, City of Berkeley, City of Burbank, 23 City of Calabasas, City of Cathedral, City of Ceres, City of Chico...

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