Judge Refuses To Toss Energy Price-Fixing Case

By Erin Marie Daly (February 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of energy companies at the center of an alleged conspiracy to fix wholesale natural gas prices suffered a blow on Tuesday when a federal judge denied its motion for summary judgment in order to give the plaintiffs the chance to conduct discovery.

Judge Philip Pro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada rejected the companies' motion to dismiss the case after finding that the plaintiffs had not had an opportunity to conduct discovery.

The energy firms can renew their summary judgment bid upon completion of discovery, Judge Pro said.

The companies – including Oneok Inc., Duke...

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