IID federal suit delayed again

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SAN DIEGO — The scheduled May 12 hearing on the Imperial Irrigation District’s federal anti-trust lawsuit against California’s largest operator of electric power lines was delayed until June 23, a U.S. District Court official said.

The delay was “due to conflict in the court calendar,” the official stated. The hearing on IID’s amended complaint and a motion by the defendant, the California Independent System Operator, to dismiss the action had originally been scheduled for April 14. It was moved to May 12 at the request of the court.

IID filed the suit in July 2015 alleging CAISO was illegally impeding IID’s efforts to link to CAISO power lines serving other areas of California. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia dismissed part of the suit in November based on a motion by CAISO. IID filed an amended complaint Jan. 6. CAISO attorneys responded on Feb. 5 by filing a motion to dismiss the amended complaint. The IID legal team filed a response to the dismissal request on March 4.