Superior-court judge Ronald S. Prager has ruled that Michael Shames, former head of Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), owes $104,609 in fees and costs to the parties he unsuccessfully sued for defamation and related transgressions.
Attorney Mike Aguirre, who represented whistleblowers in the long-running UCAN imbroglio, will get $20,765 in legal fees and $185 in costs. David Peffer, one of the whistleblowers, will get fees of $37,474 and costs of $185. UCAN gets fees of $40,000 and $6370 in costs.
Shames had been ousted by UCAN because of financial irregularities and other offenses.