Just when it appeared that energy crisis?related lawsuits were reaching an end, the University of California (UC) regents filed complaints against several natural gas providers November 1, alleging they illegally drove up the price of gas in violation of California?s unfair business and antitrust laws (<i>RG04183086<\/i>). The suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court asserts that Dynegy, Coral Energy?a Shell subsidiary, Reliant, Aquila, Encana, and a handful of other gas providers gave false reports to the publishers of natural gas indices and engaged in bogus trades, driving up the cost of gas sixfold. UC also claims the companies conspired to inflate gas prices. The allegations concern intrastate sales, and the claims are based solely on state law, emphasized Nanci Nishimura, a lawyer with Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy, which represents UC. The university, which maintains 2,500 buildings in California, seeks restitution and damages, but no dollar figure was placed on the damages sought. Dynegy spokesperson David Byford said the company had not seen the complaint and does not know when it will be served. Nishimura, who said the suit will be served in the next 30 days, added that the defendants may try to have the matter sent to federal court or dismissed. Several class and individual actions arising from the 2000-01 energy debacle in California were consolidated and sent to a federal district court in Nevada. Cotchett, Pitre, a politically connected law firm, has filed similar suits on behalf of Alameda, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.