The state of California entered a brief in support of Southern California Edison Co.'s motion for a new trial in its legal battle with plaintiff Salton Sea Power Generation LP this week.
Statements of amicus curiae, or friend of the court, are filed by non-litigants interested in an issue in a case.
While statements of amicus curiae are not uncommon in appellate courts, "you almost never see it in trial court," said Edison's local counsel, attorney Steve Walker of El Centro.
"In my estimation that's a pretty unique thing," Walker said.
Walker sees the amicus curiae statement as a sign the lawsuit filed by Salton Sea Power Generation LP against Edison this spring bears significance as it is part of the larger energy crisis sweeping California.
Patrick Pace of Brawley, local counsel for Salton Sea Power, deferred comment to lead attorney John Shiner of Los Angeles, who was unavailable Friday afternoon.Edison moved for a new trial after Imperial County Superior Court Judge Donal Donnelly granted Salton Sea Power Generation the right to temporarily stop providing Edison capacity and energy and resell it to other buyers.