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Representative Cases:

In Long Beach Oil Development Co., v. City of Long Beach, U.S.D.C. Cal. Case No. CV 03-6655. Mr. McMahon defended the City of Long Beach in an action brought under CERCLA and the California HSAA by a former contractor for contribution for clean-up costs of three superfund sites. Mr. McMahon successfully brought a summary judgment motion dismissing all claims. Judgment Granting Defendant's Motion For Summary Judgment

City of Long Beach et al. v. Southern California Gas Company and El Paso Corp., et al.: Mr. McMahon represented the City of Long Beach and a class of natural gas rate payers in an action brought against El Paso Corp., Sempra Energy and Sempra's utility subsidiaries alleging a conspiracy to divide up the natural gas market in the Western United States. The City's case was coordinated with a number of other cases in Natural Gas Anti-Trust Cases, including class actions brought on behalf of California natural gas and electricity rate payers. The defendants' settlements were each worth over one and a half billion dollars.

Ampac JV Group, Inc. v. General Motors Corp.: Mr. McMahon represented a distributor of General Motors' parts in an action brought by the distributor based on claims of fraud, breach of contract and unfair business practices. Mr. McMahon was brought in to the case in order to overturn a summary judgment against the distributor. Mr. McMahon successfully urged the California Court of Appeals to overturn the summary judgment. Court of Appeals Decision

City of Long Beach v. Exxon Corp., Mr. McMahon successfully convinced the Federal Circuit to rule that sales of crude oil by the City of Long Beach were exempt from price controls under the Economic Stabilization Act and to overturn a judgment in favor of Exxon for alleged overcharges by the City. Because Exxon’s claim was predicated on its contention that the City was not exempt, its claims for overcharges were effectively dismissed by the Federal Court’s Decision. Federal Circuit Decision

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