Proposal Would Open NY Utilities To More Outage Suits

Law360, New York (January 8, 2013, 6:37 PM EST) -- A former New York attorney general called Monday for a lower bar in holding state utilities liable when customers suffer from lengthy outages, encouraging trial lawyers who say the state's current legal standard gives power providers near-absolute protection from civil claims.

The proposal was floated by former New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, now a Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP government relations partner, who is serving on a panel formed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate how to fix what was widely seen as...
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