Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines v. Sup. Ct.
Filed 7/26/06 Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines v. Sup. Ct. CA1/4
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IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FIRST APPELLATE DISTRICT
SANTA FE PACIFIC PIPELINES, INC., et al.,
THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO,
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY,
Real Party in Interest.
(San Francisco County
Super. Ct. No. 963433)
Petitioners Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, Inc., and SFPP, L.P., (collectively, Santa Fe) seek relief by way of an extraordinary writ from the trial court's decision to award prejudgment interest. We agree with Santa Fe that the motion for prejudgment interest by real party in interest Union Pacific Railroad Company (Union Pacific) was untimely.
Union Pacific commenced this case in 1994. Since then there have been two trials and two appeals. (See Southern Pacific Transportation Co. v. Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, Inc. (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 1232 (Southern Pacific); Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, Inc. (Feb. 23, 2005, A103990) [nonpub. opn.] [2005 WL 419674].)
The parties' dispute is over how to calculate the rental value of certain pipeline easements. Santa Fe operates a system of underground hydrocarbon pipelines on rights-of-way owned by Union Pacific. Santa Fe pays rent to Union Pacific for that privilege.
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