Miss. wants suit against Entergy in state court

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a federal judge to return the state’s lawsuit against Entergy Mississippi to Hinds County Chancery Court.

Hood filed suit against the power company December 2008, claiming it overcharged customers by buying electricity from affiliates at a higher rate than on the open market, then passing the inflated costs along to consumers.

Entergy has denied the allegations.

Company officials say regulatory agencies are the proper groups to decide the issue. Entergy requested the move of the state’s lawsuit from state court to federal court.

“Our position is regardless of what court this case is heard in we are confident that our practices have been fair to customers and we’re optimistic that will be the court’s finding,” Entergy spokeswoman Mara Hartmann said Thursday.

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