CenterPoint Can't Extinguish $15.5M Jury Verdict

Law360, New York (May 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana state appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court ruling that CenterPoint Energy Inc. must pay $15.5 million for its role in a natural gas explosion that seriously injured seven family members.

The jury in the case apportioned 50 percent of the fault to CenterPoint, which had disconnected natural gas service at the Opelousas, La., home of Carl Jones Sr. because of a delinquent account balance, and apportioned the remaining 50 percent of fault to Jones, who broke through the company's cheaply made plastic...
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