It isn’t the first time that the power went out as thetemperature rose, but seldom if ever has litigation heated up asfast as it did after the recent outages in New Jersey and NewYork.

Within weeks, suits were filed in both states, alleging thatthe power companies’ faulty upkeep of their equipment causedmalfunctions during the week of July 4, after several days ofplus-100 degree weather. In each case, the plaintiffs are seekingcompensatory and punitive damages.

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