JACKSON — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has denied the state attorney general’s motion to remand a lawsuit against Entergy Mississippi Inc. and other Entergy companies to state Chancery Court, according to Entergy.
Under the ruling, the lawsuit will continue to be addressed by the U.S. District Court.
“We’re pleased with the ruling, but we still believe this is a matter for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, not the courts,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “However, we’re confident no matter where this case is heard, that our practices have been fair to customers, as eight independent audits have already confirmed, and we’re optimistic that will be the finding of the court or regulatory agency that hears this issue.”
The suit challenges Entergy’s fuel purchasing and power allocation practices. However, Entergy reports since 2008 when the suit was first filed, a total of eight audits have all concluded that there were no inappropriate charges by Entergy Mississippi to its customers. Five independent consulting or auditing firms conducted seven of the audits and the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff conducted its own audit. All five firms were hired by the Mississippi Public Service Commission, and two of the firms were hired at the attorney general’s urging.