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Report: Melville Attorney Leading Class Action Against LIPA

With LIPA working to restore power to some 14,000 customers in the dark 15 days after Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island, the power company is now facing legal action.

According to a report in Newsday, Melville attorney Kenneth Mollins was planning to file a class action lawsuit Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Nassau County against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid. The suit charges the companies with negligence, reckless disregard and intentional failure, Newsday said.

“Long Islanders are being kept in the dark by LIPA,” Mollins told Newsday. “Long Islanders are tired of waiting. They want their power and want to know what’s going on.”

Specifics on the level of monetary damages being sought were not made public. Mollins, however, told Newsday that the class action suit could be “the biggest class-action ever filed.”

The lawsuit is the latest in a series of public rebukes against LIPA following Hurricane Sandy. The power provider has been chastised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and numerous federal, state and local officials for what they said was LIPA’s poor response and poor communication as it worked to turn the lights back on across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

On Saturday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s frustration with LIPA led him to sever communications with LIPA executives, and instead work directly with local substations across the County in an effort restore power to some 33,000 customers.

By Tuesday morning, slightly less than 4,000 LIPA customers in Suffolk were still without power. In Nassau, 11,265 customers remain without power.

Gold Rush November 15, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Nice job Frank! I like your "history" I'll add, Albany has always had a "rock in its pant pocket" for it's 2 more evolved islands, because they exist in the shadow of... And their feelings are still HURT, dammit. ;-p
Gold Rush November 15, 2012 at 06:13 AM
And poor LIPA, they the top guys, could have learned, for free, from 1938, on google, what to do right, but no one there surfs anything but "Thomas Edison" and "DC current". [I bet some of you thought I was gonna say "no one there surfs anything but Pxxx", naughty] They shun Nicolai Tesla, whose idea was to pass our AC voltage wirelessly to us, through the air! He had a lab (now growing rust) right here on LI! Nicolai Tesla, is why we have AC to our homes, not DC [like batteries] (proposed by Edison) . Fact is, AC transmits further distances, easier. Theoretically, as long as your "power receiver" is OK, and your home wiring too, and the "TESLA tower" near you was up, you get power. Let the wind blow 'eh? See, the problem is appears to be greed, or even someone with poor foresight creating our current system problems and dilemma's This [TESLA tech, now decades old] would eliminate, most tree problems, eliminate charging you for bigger, seemingly useless, management, eliminate charging you for a larger technical staff, [probably], eliminate charging you for a huge, [vulnerable on several fronts], too complex, costly to maintain, transmission network, to bring the power to you, and I bet other, "we can make more $$ if we", ideas. IMO
AKramden December 01, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Don't do it on my behalf. Go back to chasing ambulances is right. Who do you think will pay for this lawsuit if he is successful. THE RATEPAYERS. How about suing the state for hiring friends and relatives who are not qualified to run this LIPA?
Arguendo December 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Have you even read the filing and seen who and what the suit is going after?
Seadog24 December 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Who forgot to watch LIPA and see that they had all systems ready? (Hey Gov I think you know the answer

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