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Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation


Title:    In re Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation, No. 601434-2013
Court:  Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County.
Certified Class: All Long Island Power Authority Residential Customers who lost electric power during the October 2012 storm referred to as Sandy, were without power for more than three days, and did not require electrical inspections in order to regain service.

Wolf Popper is co-lead counsel to the certified class in In re Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation, No. 601434-2013, pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County. The amended complaint alleges that, among other things, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) breached its contracts with LIPA customers by failing to properly maintain and storm harden LIPA’s electric transmission and delivery system, and as a result of those breaches, LIPA customers suffered unacceptably prolonged power outages after the storm in October and November 2012.

In April 2014, the Court denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss.  On February 10, 2016, the Appellate Division, Second Department upheld that decision in substantial part.

On May 10, 2018, the Appellate Division, Second Department, held that the claims against defendant National Grid Electric Services, LLC were subject to arbitration.  In March 2020, the named plaintiffs’ claims against National Grid were discontinued with prejudice.

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court, Nassau County certified a class of all LIPA residential customers who lost power during Sandy, were without power for more than three days, and did not require electrical inspections to regain service.  The Court certified the named plaintiffs as Class representatives, and appointed Wolf Popper as co-lead counsel for the Class.  The Supreme Court’s decision is currently on appeal to the Appellate Division, Second Department.    

For further information about this case contact:

Lester L. Levy
llevy@wolfpopper.com 

Joshua W. Ruthizer
jruthizer@wolfpopper.com 


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