California A.G.’s Office Joins Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy's Whistleblower Case Charging BP in Natural Gas Ripoff
A November 12, 2014 court order made public a suit against BP, which was filed by a whistleblower and joined by the California Attorney General’s office earlier this month.. As alleged in the lawsuit, BP is the exclusive supplier of natural gas to the State of California’s Natural Gas Services (“NGS”) program, through which California governmental entities buy hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas every year. BP’s contracts with California contain explicit caps on the amount that BP can charge California for natural gas. The complaint contends that in violation of those contractual caps, BP has routinely charged California many times the amount that non-governmental customers were charged. Click below to view a copy of the First Amended Complaint.