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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Consumer Protection Law Only Actionable Against Sellers

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision constraining the scope of the state’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”), resulting in dismissal of UTPCPL claims brought by the Pennsylvania AG’s Office against oil and gas companies. In its 6-1 decision in Commonwealth v. Chesapeake Energy, et. al, No. 81 MAP 2019, the Court…

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Republican Attorneys General Sue Biden Administration over Revocation of Pipeline Permit

A group of 21 Republican AGs, led by Montana AG Austin Knudsen and Texas AG Ken Paxton, sued the Biden administration over its revocation of a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, alleging that the revocation of the permit is an unconstitutional encroachment on the power of Congress to regulate international and interstate commerce and violates the Administrative Procedure Act.

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Texas Power Companies Investigated over Winter Storm Power Outages

Texas AG Ken Paxton issued Civil Investigative Demands (“CIDs”) under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices – Consumer Protection Act to 12 power companies, including the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (“ERCOT”) related to the statewide power outages in the wake of the recent winter storm that battered the state and left millions of residents…

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Duke Energy Agrees to Shoulder More Ash Cleanup Costs

North Carolina AG Josh Stein, the Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, and the Sierra Club reached a settlement with Duke Energy resolving a challenge to a 2017 Utilities Commission order granting Duke Energy’s request to limit its liability for the cost of cleaning up coal ash.

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