Overview: The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and its contractor National Grid have been under intense scrutiny following the destruction that came with Superstorm Sandy. Officials and residents in New York and Long Island have expressed their malcontent and frustration over the way the agency prepared for, and dealt with Sandy. Now, a team of three law firms has formed to bring legal action against LIPA on behalf of plaintiffs, particularly Long Island business owners, who felt that LIPA’s actions, or lack thereof, caused them to suffer severe economic losses. The action is being brought by the Law Office of Kenneth Mollins, Parker Waichman LLP and Douglas & London.
- Kenneth Mollins, Parker Waichman LLP and Douglas & London have collaborated to bring actions against LIPA on behalf of business owners who suffered economic losses as an alleged result of LIPA’s negligence
- The lawsuit will allege that LIPA knew how to prepare for Sandy but failed to take proper precautions
- The legal team will soon file a notice of claim against LIPA, giving them the chance to settle without further action
Three Law Firms Suing LIPA
Kenneth Mollins, a prominent personal injury attorney, has reached out to Parker Waichman LLP and Douglas & London, two of the largest and most well-known firms in the New York City Area. Kenneth Mollins has recently filed a class action lawsuit against LIPA and its contractor, National Grid, on behalf of LIPA customers. Parker Waichman LLP is a national law firm with vast experience in environmental and natural disasters headquartered in Long Island and Douglas & London is a well-known firm based in Manhattan. Together, the firms are suing LIPA on behalf of business owners who suffered damages including lost inventory, profits and functionality after Sandy. The collective firms are on track to file a Notice of Claim against LIPA, which gives the utility a chance to settle claims without further litigation. In the event that LIPA does not settle at this step, the legal team is set to case to trial.
LIPA Criticized for Poor Preparation and Response
The Long Island Power Authority has been widely criticized in the aftermath of Sandy, which caused 2 million power outages in New York alone. Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a special commission under the Moreland Act to investigate why LIPA’s customers have been so long without power. LIPA and Con Ed have also been subpoenaed by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The fury against the utility has even forced Mike Hervey, LIPA chief executive for the past 12 years, to resign.