Joseph O'Brien 9 a.m., Jan. 24
Owner of Oggi's Pizza and Brewing files class action lawsuit over 2011 blackout
Owner filed class action complaint in federal court
Remember when the lights went out throughout Southern California back in September 2011?
The owner of Oggi's Pizza sure does. On Friday, September 6, Robert Waldon filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Pinnacle West Capital, the parent company of the Arizona Public Service Company responsible for the transmission of energy to the region.
The complaint alleges that Pinnacle West failed to maintain their equipment so as to prevent any major blackouts, like the one that occurred on the afternoon of September 8 when an maintenance worker accidentally tripped the main power line outside of Yuma, Arizona. The error caused a major spike of electricity, blacking out an area that encompassed portions of Arizona and Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. In all, the outage was said to have left approximately 2.7 million customers, or nearly 7 million people, in the dark for just under 12 hours and resulted in an estimated $117 million in loss of revenues to the region.
Attorneys for Waldon are asking other business owners, customers, or even local governments that took a hit to step forward. The class action lawsuit will allow for any person to join regardless of how much they lost during the blackout.
Click here to read the complaint: