FirstEnergy Promises "Vigorous" Defense In Bribery Case

Sep 24, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Akron-based FirstEnergy says it plans to "vigorously" defend itself against a civil lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General David Yost.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young says the company has followed the law when it comes to making political contributions.  


Young: "The attorney general's lawsuit unjustly targets the FirstEnergy for lawfully participating in the political process and advocating for policy that's consistent with our interests. 


Yost’s civil suit seeks to stop any defendants  collecting any revenue created through HB6, which allows for monthly charges starting in January on all electric ratepayers bills to send money to nuclear, coal, and solar plants. 


Yost says he’s basing his civil case on a federal racketeering investigation which accuses a utility widely believed to be FirstEnergy of playing a role in a bribery scheme.