Class action filed against Arizona Public Service Company relating to September power outage

A San Diego restaurant owner and an individual flied a class action lawsuit last week against the Arizona Public Service Company (APSC), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDGEC), and others, relating to the September 2011 power outage.  Plaintiffs Antonino Busalacchi and Anis Ben Adj Yahia allege that the defendants negligently caused the blackout, harming 1.4 million SDGE customers in San Diego County for roughly twelve hours.  Both plaintiffs seek to represent subclasses - Busalacchi on behalf of a subclass of restaurant owners and Yahia on behalf of a subclass of individuals.  Damages include the value of perishable food items that both individuals were forced to discard.  The blackout allegedly forced Busalacchi to discard nearly $15,000 in products, while forcing Yahia discard numerous items in his refrigerator.  Specifically, Yahia discarded tuna, shrimp, chicken, eggs, lunch meats, bacon, sausage, dried beef, pizza, casseroles, blue cheese, brie, mozzarella, provolone, Romano, shredded cheese, and fresh fruits.  Michael Rott, David Hiden and Eric Overhold of Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, represent the plaintiffs and proposed class.  For more information, see Busalacchi, et al. v. Arizona Public Service Company, et al., 11CV2083 BTM RBB, S.D.Ca.