Two weeks after the Imperial Irrigation District filed its opening brief in its appeal to overturn an Imperial County Superior Court ruling, the Fourth Appellate District of the State’s Court of appeal rejected the brief filed on Wednesday morning.

The reason behind the decision has to do with the law firm the district hired to prepare the opening brief, Sacramento-based Downey Brand LLP, as the firm and one of its attorneys previously represented close relatives of the plaintiff in the original lawsuit, Michael Abatti.

Staff Writer Edwin Delgado can be reached at or 760-337-3440.

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