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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OtherLevels launches personalised real-time solution

first_img Share Submit Digital marketing and messaging platform, OtherLevels Holdings Limited, has launched its new real-time module which enables igaming operators to carry out in-play engagements.OtherLevels In-Play 2.0 will offer an automated, real-time solution that combines event feeds, live odds, condition evaluation, dynamic message content and smart segmentation which will be developed using historical betting data.Brendan O’Kane, Managing Director for OtherLevels, commented: “In-Play 2.0 is the flagship release of our world class real-time Intelligent Messaging strategy and enables iGaming operators to deliver personalised betting experiences, with real-time, event driven offers. “Personalised betting experiences in the form of relevant markets, odds and content are critical for modern sportsbooks, so as to reach the high value in-play segments, increase revenues and provide a compelling differentiated experience.”OtherLevels 1.0 demonstrated an 18 per cent increase in the number of bets placed per fixture, while the number of punters placing a bet grew by 22 per cent. With the new launch, OtherLevels In-Play 2.0 has been extended to include both American football and basketball alongside its current offering of football and tennis. O’Kane added: “We are very excited at the market opportunities for In-Play 2.0 in 2019, with existing operators in the UK and Europe, but also in the U.S post the regulatory changes in mid 2018. With New Jersey alone having more than 15 new online sportsbooks launched, or to be launched, the scale of the broader U.S. market opportunity is immense. “In-Play 2.0 is perfectly positioned to benefit, with market leading technology and IP, working autonomously at scale, across 100’s of fixtures per week, without the need for marketers to manually trigger messages from the trading floor. “Previously only advertising was able to select a best market offer in response to an ad-serve request, whereas with In-Play 2.0, operators can reach out to their existing audience directly across multiple channels, providing a 2x – 10x increase in live real-time audience engagement per fixture compared to paid advertising.”The new platform will integrate event data feeds from companies such as Opta. New data models that analyse historical betting data will now power smart segmentation. It will minimise integration and workflow, and setup scales easily across fixtures, leagues and sports which will improve the process for the marketer. Share OtherLevels lauds “great opportunity” ahead of #BOSWEEK September 12, 2018 Related Articles OtherLevels: Brendan O’Kane – Customer expectations will be the driving force for innovation March 19, 2019 Genius Sports Media & OtherLevels strike omni-channel marketing partnership January 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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