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Miss. wants suit against Entergy in state court

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 4:29 am •  Published: January 17, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a federal judge to return the state's lawsuit against Entergy Mississippi to Hinds County Chancery Court.

Hood filed suit against the power company December 2008, claiming it overcharged customers by buying electricity from affiliates at a higher rate than on the open market, then passing the inflated costs along to consumers.

Entergy has denied the allegations.

Company officials say regulatory agencies are the proper groups to decide the issue. Entergy requested the move of the state's lawsuit from state court to federal court.

"Our position is regardless of what court this case is heard in we are confident that our practices have been fair to customers and we're optimistic that will be the court's finding," Entergy spokeswoman Mara Hartmann said Thursday.

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate denied Hood's motion to have the case heard in state court, ruling that federal court was the proper forum for the lawsuit.

Hood wants Wingate to send the case back to Hinds County.

The attorney general said the landscape has changed with a ruling this week by the U.S. Supreme Court that lawsuits brought by attorneys general to enforce their states' laws should be heard in state court. The ruling came in a different case filed by Hood.

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