November 4, 1999 |
American Electric Power Corp., Cinergy Corp., Illinova Corp., Southern Co. and three other Midwest and Southern utilities are being sued by the U.S. government for allegedly polluting the air with emissions from 17 coal-fired electricity-generating plants. The Justice Department filed the lawsuits to recover what officials said could be as much as $1 billion in fines and penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act dating back 20 years and to cover the cost of pollution-control devices.
May 5, 1999 |
Douglas Ames wanted revenge. Four years ago, the energy storage company he founded went out of business and Ames blamed Southern California Edison, which he claimed reneged on a deal to pay him. After Ames, 40, was forced to shutter his Huntington Beach business, he signed up for night classes at Western State Law School in Fullerton to start a new career. He passed the bar exam last June and on Tuesday, Ames won his very first case: a $6-million verdict against . . . Southern California Edison.
May 5, 1999 |
Douglas Ames wanted revenge. When the energy storage company he founded went out of business four years ago, Ames blamed Southern California Edison, which he claimed reneged on a deal to pay him. His business shuttered, Ames enrolled in night classes at Western State Law School in Fullerton to start a new career. He passed the bar exam in June and on Tuesday, Ames won his first case: a $6-million verdict against . . . Southern California Edison.
March 28, 1998 |
A jury on Friday ordered a utility to pay more than $3 million to the families of four children who contracted a rare form of cancer after the cleanup of coal tar at a plant that made gas from coal. Two contractors were cleared. The families contend that their children contracted neuroblastoma after a 1987 cleanup at the long-abandoned plant owned by Central Illinois Public Service Co. of Springfield stirred up coal tar dust and fumes.
September 15, 1996 |
A Florida utility is suing a dying man for more than $250,000 to recoup the cost of fighting his lawsuit that claimed power lines caused the leukemia that killed his wife and is now killing him, the Miami Herald reported. Florida Power & Light Co said it wants Leonard Glazer to repay $267,885 of the costs of a lawsuit it won last May in which Glazer claimed the utility's power lines above his house caused him and his wife to contract leukemia.
August 23, 1996 |
The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a lower court's decision that bars homeowners from suing utilities for alleged property value losses caused by fear of electromagnetic fields generated by power lines. Lawsuits against utility companies alleging damages caused by electromagnetic fields, or EMF, began to proliferate about five years ago amid growing public concern that EMF could cause cancer.