TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Nov 6, 2014

The Electric Power Board (EPB) today lost its initial bid to dismiss a $10 million whistleblower lawsuit brought by former city contractor Don Lepard, who claims the utility overbilled taxpayers for years and then tried to cover it up by bullying his company, Global Green Lighting. At a hearing this morning to rule on EPB's motion to dismiss Lepard's suit, Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth said that it comes down to whether EPB is one and the same with the City of Chattanooga. If EPB and Chattanooga are found to be the same, "this case is over," said Hollingsworth, citing state laws that prevent the city from suing itself. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the story.