Understanding Guzman V. County Of Monterey

Law360, New York (July 27, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT) -- Recently, in Guzman v. County of Monterey, Case No. S157793, the California Supreme Court held that Monterey County and its Department of Health (collectively, “the county”) could not be held liable for failing to direct a public water system operator to notify his customers about fluoride contamination.

In doing so, the court effectively limited the liability of local agencies charged with overseeing public water systems (“local primacy agencies”).

Case Background

Guzman was brought by approximately 80 residents of a mobile home park, who allegedly drank water with...
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