Plaintiffs Hope for Quick Decision in Connecticut Energy Fund Lawsuit
In the continuation of a lawsuit challenging the authority of Connecticut government officials to raid energy efficiency and clean-power programs in order to balance the state's budget, the presiding judge recently called a hearing with attorneys on both sides. U.S. District Court Judge Janet C. Hall questioned both Holland & Knight Partner Stephen Humes—who is representing the 12 plaintiffs in the case, including Connecticut Fund for the Environment, New Haven-based Fight The Hike and Connecticut Citizen Action Group—and Assistant Attorney General Philip Miller, who is representing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state Treasurer Denise Nappier and state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, in order to get outstanding details clarified as she reviews filings.
Mr. Humes told New Haven Register that, although Judge Hall adjourned the hearing without offering a hint at when she might issue her decision in the case, he doesn't believe a ruling will take much longer. "She's obviously thought about this extensively already given the questions she asked."