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EDUCATION
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2010
  • B.S., University of San Francisco, 2007

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Friedman & Springwater LLP
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Ruth Stoner Muzzin

Partner



Appellate Litigation

  • Represented a transportation industry group before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court in challenges to the CPUC's Transportation Network Company (TNC) decisions, including an original CEQA petition to the California Supreme Court.

  • Represented a group of small rural telephone companies before the California Court of Appeal as amici curiae, concerning the CPUC's decisions related to a funding program for small independent telephone carriers.

  • Represented a public water district before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court in defending against a challenge to environmental review for its participation in a major water supply project approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, involving discretionary writ proceedings.

Civil Litigation

  • Represented a public water district in litigation of claims related to jurisdiction and validation of public agency actions.

  • Assisted litigation team in initiating, prosecuting and resolving a shareholder's derivative suit for breach of fiduciary duty against the board of a company specializing in innovative water management and conservation technologies.

Regulatory Litigation

  • Represented 19 defendants, including a corporation's sole shareholder and president in a state administrative proceeding against the corporation, defending against allegations of alter ego.

  • Represented a public water district in multiple complex proceedings before the CPUC concerning a regulated public utility's successive proposals for a critically-needed water supply project, including several weeks of evidentiary hearings and extensive briefing on preliminary issues of preemption and jurisdiction as well as applications for settlement and project approvals.

  • Represented an agricultural company in a complaint before the CPUC regarding the company's private railroad crossing, reaching a favorable settlement within six months of filing.

  • Represented a major California electric public utility in multiple lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking billions of dollars in damages against the United States, several Cities, and multiple municipal utilities for overcharges in wholesale electric power sales to California public utilities made during the California Energy Crisis of 2000-2001.

  • Represented a public water district in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation concerning a major water supply project.

  • Represented a regulated public utility in an investigatory proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission, obtaining a decision dismissing all allegations against the utility.