No. F082469.

62 Cal.App.5th 992 (2021)

277 Cal. Rptr. 3d 333

ANTELOPE VALLEY GROUNDWATER CASES. REBECCA LEE WILLIS et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. LOS ANGELES COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICT NO. 40 et al., Defendants, Cross-complainants and Respondents; CITY OF LOS ANGELES et al., Defendants, Cross-defendants and Respondents; ANTELOPE VALLEY-EAST KERN WATER AGENCY, Cross-defendant, Cross-complainant and Respondent; U.S. BORAX INC. et al., Cross-defendants and Respondents. [And seven other cases.]

Court of Appeals of California, Fifth District.

March 16, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Niddrie Addams Fuller Singh, David A. Niddrie , Victoria E. Fuller ; The Kalfayan Law Firm, Ralph B. Kalfayan ; and Gregory L. James for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Mary Wickham , County Counsel, Warren R. Wellen , Deputy County Counsel; Best & Krieger, Eric L. Garner , Jeffrey V. Dunn , Wendy Y. Wang ; Lagerlof, Thomas Bunn III ; Murphy & Evertz, Douglas J. Evertz ; Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O'Neill, W. Keith Lemieux ; and Lynne Patrice McGhee for Defendants, Cross-complainants and Respondents.

Michael N. Feuer , City Attorney; Joseph Brajevich ; Raymond Ilgunas ; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, Eric N. Robinson and Stanley C. Powell for Defendants, Cross-defendants and Respondents.

Richards, Watson & Gershon, James L. Markman and B. Tilden Kim for Cross-defendant, Cross-complainant and Respondent.

Venable, William M. Sloan , Tyler G. Welti ; Kuhs & Parker, Robert G. Kuhs , Bernard C. Barmann, Jr. ; Ellison, Schneider, Harris & Donlan, Christopher M. Sanders ; Zimmer & Melton, Richard Zimmer ; Law Office of LeBeau Thelen, Bob H. Joyce ; Lesnick Prince & Pappas, Michael E. Pappas , Debra E. Cardarelli ; Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Edwin Oyarzo ; Jeffrey Bossert Clark , Assistant Attorney General, Eric Grant , Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and John L. Smeltzer for Cross-defendants and Respondents.


Our Supreme Court recognized over 40 years ago that "`[t]he scope and technical complexity of issues concerning water resource management are unequalled by virtually any other type of activity presented to the courts. What constitutes reasonable water use is dependent upon not only the entire circumstances...

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