Community Input Steers Southern Union's New Criminal Fine

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 7:28 PM EST) -- The Rhode Island federal judge who had an $18 million criminal penalty against Southern Union Co. vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court last year handed down a new sentence on Tuesday with the help of community members, ordering the natural gas company to spend $500,000 on environmental programs.

U.S. District Judge William E. Smith had invited both parties as well as the greater environmental community to come up with community service obligations that would have “the broadest possible impact,” and agreed with the recommendation to fund...
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