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People wait in line outside one of a HEB Grocery Co. grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2021. People wait in line outside one of a HEB Grocery Co. grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2021. Photo: Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg

Lawyers suing over a winter storm that brought Texas to a standstill in February remain undeterred after the state’s highest court didn’t provide sure guidance on a key defense raised by the primary defendant, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT.

That’s because the lawsuits name defendants other than ERCOT, the independent system operator of the Texas power grid. Although ERCOT shut off power to millions of Texans during several days of record-low temperatures, the lawsuits allege that the electricity providers and power generators failed to winterize their equipment.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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