Well, that didn’t take very long. A lot faster than I expected, actually.
NEW YORK, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/—The law firm of Cauley Geller Bowman & Rudman, LLP announced today that it has filed a class action lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on behalf of all persons and entities residing in the United States who lost electrical power during the massive energy blackout that began on August 14, 2003. A copy of the complaint filed in this action is available from the Court, or can be viewed on the firm’s website at http://www.cauleygeller.com.
The complaint charges FirstEnergy Corporation with recklessly causing the power outage that began on August 14, 2003 and darkened parts of eight American states and Canada. More specifically, the complaint alleges, among other things, that FirstEnergy, in reckless disregard of industry practice: (1) failed to have a functioning alarm that could have timely alerted controllers to trouble with its power lines; (2) failed to cut back tree limbs that came into contact with power lines, which resulted in the tripping of the power lines; and (3) failed to maintain a failsafe system that could have separated the local system from the rest of the power grid. The Complaint seeks actual damages for injuries suffered by the public as well as punitive damages to ensure that FirstEnergy never again engages in similar misconduct.
Yes, let’s sue the poor bastards out of business instead of working toward fixing the power grid. They haven’t even figured out just what the hell went wrong and already they’ve got a lawsuit going. Yay America! Land of the lawsuit!