Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Former Water District Employees

Ruling is Victory for Victorville and its Taxpayers and Ratepayers

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city by current and former employees of the Victorville Water District who claimed they were entitled to lifetime medical benefits based on their previous work for the district’s predecessor agency, the Victor Valley Water District.

“This is a win for Victorville, its taxpayers, and the ratepayers of the District, against a baseless lawsuit,” said Doug Robertson, Victorville’s City Manager.

Six current and former employees filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this year against the City and the subsidiary Victorville Water District, claiming that resolutions passed by their former employer, the Victor Valley Water District, and the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission as they approved the creation of the new Victorville Water District guaranteed lifetime medical benefits to the employees regardless of cost.

The city claimed in legal arguments that the employees were being provided with the precise level of benefits required by the resolutions.

On Nov. 26, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald in Los Angeles agreed with the city and dismissed the lawsuit. The judge ruled that the employees’ lawsuit did not state a viable claim under federal law.

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