Judge Says Her Stock Holdings Don't Taint Power Plant Ruling

Law360, New York (February 7, 2014, 2:09 PM EST) -- An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday refused to vacate her 2011 decision in favor of a Southern Co. subsidiary in an air pollution case, rejecting government claims that her undisclosed stock holdings in the company should disqualify her from the case.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins admitted that she had control over her mother's Southern stock in 2009 and purchased shares in a utility sector mutual fund in 2010 that included Southern holdings, but said the financial circumstances do not tarnish her ruling in any...
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