Lawsuit alleges fraud over ‘goliath’ Kemper Project power plant
Mississippi’s Kemper Project integrated coal gasification power plant hasn’t generated any power off its primary fuel, but it has generated one thing in bunches: lawsuits.
The latest was filed Wednesday in Harrison County Circuit Court by three plaintiffs — a Biloxi seafood processing firm, Island View Casino and a Gulfport resident — alleging Mississippi Power Co. damaged its estimated 186,000 ratepayers by avoiding accountability for “fraud and mismanagement while fleecing the public in the interest of profits” in building the “goliath” Kemper Project power plant.
The suit also says the plaintiffs are not seeking to change the utility’s rates. The plaintiffs, represented by local attorney Joe Sam Owen and California attorney Michael Avenatti, are seeking economic losses, punitive damages, attorney fees and court costs.
Posted March 4, 2016 - 4:06 pm