Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) and National Grid Electric’s (Grid) Motions to Dismiss A Consolidated Class Action Hurricane Sandy Lawsuit Have Been Denied

Parker Waichman LLP reports that discovery will now move forward in the consolidated class action brought over Hurricane Sandy that includes allegations that LIPA and Grid were grossly negligent and severely ill-prepared for 2012’s superstorm.

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Consumers have a right to be protected by their service providers in the event of a natural emergency.

Port Washington, NY (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

LIPA and Grid recently sought to dismiss various causes of action and sought injunctive relief over claims asserted in the consolidated class action. The judge overseeing the case has denied these requests and the discovery process will now move forward, notes national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP. National Grid operated under LIPA. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau: In Re: Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation Index No. 601434/13 Motion Sequence No. 002, 003)

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims affected by natural and environmental disasters, notes that the class action arises from LIPA’s and Grid’s “woefully inadequate and grossly negligent preparation for and response to” Hurricane Sandy, which hit Long Island in October 2012. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau: In Re: Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation Index No. 601434/13 Motion Sequence No. 002, 003)

The lawsuit alleges that some 90 percent of the power authority’s customers were left without power for at least two weeks, in some cases longer, citing Governor Cuomo’s remarks, which indicated that the power authority failed its consumers. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau: In Re: Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation Index No. 601434/13 Motion Sequence No. 002, 003)

Although LIPA customers pay what are described as among the highest electric service rates nationwide “LIPA has a grossly inadequate and inefficient transmission and delivery System” ... “antiquated communication systems with its customers and public officials, antiquated communication systems within itself, and an inadequate storm response Plan,” the lawsuit charges. The lawsuit also alleges that LIPA was in full knowledge of its system’s failings and routinely ignored governmental warnings about its inadequacies, lack of a sufficient disaster plan, and antiquated operations. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau: In Re: Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation Index No. 601434/13 Motion Sequence No. 002, 003)

Among other issues, LIPA was accused of breaching its “contractual obligation to provide reliable service to almost one million of its customers” following Sandy. (Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau: In Re: Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation Index No. 601434/13 Motion Sequence No. 002, 003)

“Consumers have a right to be protected by their service providers in the event of a natural emergency. For LIPA to expect the highest of premiums from its consumers without providing them with premium service is an egregious failure on the part of the power authority,” said Peter Cambs, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “We opposed attempts by LIPA and Grid to have the Court dismiss the lawsuit and deny consumers the right to have their claims heard. We are pleased the Court saw fit to allow the litigation to continue.”

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims who have suffered damages due to the negligence of others. Please contact the firm by visiting yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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