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Con Edison Sued for New York Breach of Contract Following Hurricane

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

A Staten Island attorney has filed a lawsuit against utility company Con Edison, alleging that the company breached its contract with thousands of customers during Hurricane Sandy. The attorney, Robert Prignoli, is asking for $500 million in damages. He had no power in his home in Annandale, NY, for 17 days after the storm. In addition, he is requesting that the state of New York shut down the utility company. The state would have to revoke Con Edison’s license to deliver electric service in order to do so.

In his filings with the Staten Island Supreme Court, Prignoli asserts that the utility company is “inept at every level.” The damages he is seeking are on behalf of the 8 million New York residents who were left without power as a result of the storm. His filings further state that Con Edison employees admitted that the electric infrastructure is “old and decrepit” and that the company “refuses to spend the money to update and replace it.”

In addition to losing power during and after Hurricane Sandy, Prignoli claims that he has lost power for an extended period of time at least once a year, every year, for the last eight years. This includes losing power for five days during 2011’s Hurricane Irene.

Along with the breach of contract claim, Prignoli’s lawsuit also accuses the company of gross negligence. The suit should be heard in court this spring.

Contact a New York breach of contract attorney today at (888) 497-3410 for more information about breach of contract and other business litigation matters.

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