Pa. Justices Will Consider Electricity Restoration Inspections

Law360, Philadelphia (May 15, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it would consider a lower court ruling obligating electric utilities to inspect customers’ premises before restoring power, in a case in which a Pittsburgh funeral home caught fire after electricity was reconnected.

The court will specifically consider whether this duty is “burdensome and unprecedented” and whether it will slow utilities’ efforts to restore power after storms and other outages.

The state’s Superior Court reversed a trial court decision that absolved Duquesne Light Co. of responsibility for the fire, determining...
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