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Market Manipulation Lawsuit Thrown Out

LCG, January 8, 2003--A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Snohomish County Public Utility District against eight energy companies.

Judge Robert Whaley of the U.S. District Court of Southern California stated that the case brought forth by the Snohomish PUD should be handled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission because of the potential effects of a ruling in the case.

Snohomish PUD alleges that several companies intentionally worked together to manipulate the electricity market in order to inflate electricity prices. Those companies named in the suit are Reliant Resources, Inc., PG&E Energy Trading, Duke Energy Corp., Sempra, Mirant Corp., Powerex, Xcel Energy, Inc., and Williams Cos.

Judge Whaley decided that FERC should be responsible for the lawsuit because the issues involved are under the authority of FERC.

Snohomish PUD intends to appeal the decision with the Ninth Circuit. The utility district is also waiting on complaints that it filed with FERC.

Snohomish PUD is also participating in settlement talks with American Electric Power Company regarding an energy contract.

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