UCAN Abandoned Members, Former Employee Claims

Third member of consumer group joins litigation against organization

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    A third member of UCAN is suing the consumer advocacy group, this time accusing the organization of abandoning its members.

    Two of its members already hurled lawsuits at the organization to stop it from dissolving in Superior Court, a decision Executive Director Michael Shames announced in February.

    Former UCAN employee Phillip Moskal filed the lawsuit Tuesday. He claims UCAN's current state is hindering its ability to represent ratepayers in a current case against SDG&E. He also says that by filing the petition to dissolve and claiming no members, Shames is abandoning UCAN's members.

    Moskal filed the motion to become a party in an ongoing proceeding against UCAN.

    UCAN members Charles Langley and David Peffer are also involved in a lawsuit against UCAN.

    In response, Shames "categorically denied" that UCAN's dissolving would have any impact on the case. As a matter of fact, he said, he is busy writing the first round of briefs on the case. Those are due April 12, he said.

    "Mr. Moskal's complaint is totally unfounded and is designed to sew doubts in the minds of the public about an issue in which are there no doubts," Shames said.

    Questions surrounding a federal court subpoena also plague the non-profit consumer group. Some have said UCAN’s board members are in a “civil war” over the future of the organization.

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