January 21, 2021

Governor Shumlin wants Entergy to pay Vermont’s legal expenses

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) April 30, 2011 The Shumlin administration wants Entergy Corp to pay for any legal expenses the state may incur as it defends itself against a lawsuit Entergy initiated against the state two weeks ago.That counterintuitive payment approach is called a ‘billback,’ according to a Department of Public Service official, who assured the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, such legal maneuvers are ‘an age-old tradition.’If the state, for example, was bringing a case in front of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, it could charge Entergy for the cost of hiring experts and lawyers, according to Sarah Hofmann, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Service. The ‘causer,’ or the entity that caused the need for a legal suit, is liable for the cost, she said.The ‘bill backs’ would be effective immediately if the Legislature adopts the new statutory language as part of H.56, the omnibus energy bill, which was unanimously voted out of committee on Friday. The bill will go to the floor of the Senate early next week.The change in statute would make Entergy Corp. liable for the state’s legal expenses, including responses to public records requests and the preparation of litigation in the case, which the corporation lodged against the state in U.S District Court in Burlington.Entergy alleges that the state went back on its word when the Legislature passed a law in 2006 requiring Entergy to obtain permission from lawmakers on a license extension for Vermont Yankee, which is, under a 2002 memorandum of understanding, set to shut down March 21, 2012. The Louisiana-based nuclear power company’s case is based on the question of pre-emption. Entergy argues in its complaint that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which approved a new license for the company in March, has pre-emptive authority over state law.Attorney General Bill Sorrell has said the suit could be protracted and potentially costly if it goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. CORRECTED Just this week, Sorrell’s office may have lost a data mining case heard by the Supreme Court Justices. Cheryl Hanna, a legal expert and professorwith Vermont Law School, wrote in an opinion piece last week that sheanticipates if Vermont loses the case, in which it defended a new law regulating access to physician records, it will likely cost the state about $1 million.A court would rule on who would pay the damages in the Entergy lawsuit, Hofmann said. And the state, if it loses, could be responsible for not only its own legal costs, but also those of the plaintiff.Sen. Randy Brock, R-Grand Isle-Franklin, asked Hofmann: ‘Is it common that if someone sues us that they charge us legal fees for representing us in that lawsuit?’He put it another way: ‘If a state vehicle runs me over and I sue the state, the state requires me to pay for experts hired by the state to testify against me.’Hofmann replied that ‘It’s not unusual to see a bill back for the cost to the causer.’ At the end of the litigation, the federal judge decides who gets awards for attorneys’ fees and costs.The Vermont Attorney General’s office and Shumlin’s legal counsel Beth Robinson support the change in statute.‘We stand firmly behind the language,’ Robinson said. ‘We think it’s the right thing to do.’  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

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INTERNATIONAL FREINDLY: S’Eagles Arrive in Luxembourg City

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram as NFF refutes indignation report on Mali tieBy Femi SolajaStill basking on the euphoria of the lone goal win over Mali last Friday, the Super Eagles have arrived in Luxembourg City ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly against that country’s senior national team.The delegation left Rouen, at noon yesterday and are now at the Alvisse Parc Hotel, an impressive facility located on Route d’Echternach in Luxembourg City.There is a great spirit in camp as players and officials look forward to a win against Luxembourg, on the back of the 1-0 defeat of one of Africa’s strongest teams, Mali at the Stade Robert Diochon on Friday.The team later trained at the Stade Josy Barthel, venue of the clash with the Red Lions.However, there is quiet indignation about a report in an African football website, which claimed on Saturday that the Super Eagles could not exchange jerseys after Friday’s international friendly with Mali because the players do not have enough and only do ‘wash-and-wear’ of jerseys.Team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor wondered where such a story emanated from when the Malian players never offered to exchange jerseys with the Super Eagles at the Stade Robert Diochon.“We have received calls from Nigeria that people are happy about the performance of this young team against Mali. Most people believe that we are on to a good thing with this crop of players but someone is only interested in spewing falsehood to try and embarrass the nation.“We use new jerseys for every match, and we exchange jerseys when it is necessary. The jerseys belong to the players and they are free to do whatever they want with them after these two matches.”Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande confirmed that the new jerseys designed for Nigeria will be unveiled at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August, where 1996 champions Nigeria is one of only 16 countries taking part in the men’s football tournament.Friday’s defeat by Nigeria was only the third loss in 11 matches for Mali in the past 14 months, and the Malians have already qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with two matches to spare.last_img read more

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Cazenovia volleyball denied sectional Class C title by Skaneateles rally

first_imgHelped by some tremendous serving, Cazenovia rattled off seven consecutive points at two different times in the opening set, building a 20-7 margin and, though Skaneateles did make up some ground, the set ended 25-16.The drama really started in the second set. Despite another 7-0 run and several different leads, including 20-18, Cazenovia found itself trailing 24-22 and ready to have the match go even. But it got the serve back, fought off another set point and then got two more points to snatch the set 26-24.Such a momentum shift seemed impossible to recover from, and Cazenovia jumped out 13-6 in the third set. But Skaneateles started to get its serves in good spots and, like the second set, caught up to take a 24-22 lead.Just as in that previous set, Cazenovia denied Skaneateles on two set points. Then, at 26-25 and again at 27-26, a match point was at hand, and one more good serve, or successful rally, would produce a sectional championship.Despite all that had gone wrong before, though, Skaneateles would not surrender. It fought off those match points, pulled out the third set 29-27, and kept the match alive.Initially, Cazenovia wasn’t rattled, for it resumed its strong all-around play and built a 16-5 lead in the fourth set. Once again, though, it was a string of serves that allowed Skaneateles to eat into that margin.Still in front 21-19, Cazenovia saw Skaneateles use a timeout and, out of that break, notch four consecutive points, and this time the top seed did finish off the set, 25-22, and suddenly it all came down to a fifth set.The two Lakers sides went back and forth for most of that last set, with eight early ties. But at 13-13, Skaneateles put together a 7-1 run and never got caught.Fittingly, Kristen Henry, who had eight aces, closed it out with the last of those aces on match point, Henry also earning nine kills and 16 digs as Maeve Canty had 21 kills and 23 digs, with Emma Keady getting 34 assists.One bright spot for Cazenovia is that it graduates just three seniors – setter Josie Avery, Julia Bauder and Mackenzie Waite. Maddie Waite is back for 2020, as are Kylie Fenton, Helen Hausser, Maren Smith, Quinilan Emhoff, Natalie Tresco and other Lakers primed by what they did this fall, and bent on writing a different ending. The fact that Cazenovia did gain such complete control of the match was not a total surprise. It had pushed Skaneateles hard in both of their regular-season meetings – a four-set defeat on Sept. 12 and a five-set loss on Oct. 8.In the latter of those two matches, Cazenovia was up 2-1 after three sets but could not hold on to it, a harbinger for what happened in the sectional final.Both sides had overcome season-ending injuries to key players – Mackenzie Waite on this Lakers’ side, Lily Delasin on the other Lakers’ side. They also had gone through long layoffs before the sectional final, though Cazenovia’s 10-day break after its semifinal win over Jordan-Elbridge paled next to the 17 days off Skaneateles had after its regular season ended. Tags: Cazenoviavolleyball All seemed in place for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team Friday night at Fayetteville-Manlius as the crowd was on its feet, anticipating the match point that would cap off a superb performance and produce a Section III Class C championship at the expense of its top-seeded Laker rivals from Skaneateles.An hour later, though, Cazenovia was still on the court, its moment of triumph turned into one of sadness and disbelief.Somehow, someway, Skaneateles had made its way back from several large deficits, not to mention two match points, to defeat Cazenovia in five sets and earn the sectional title. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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