Wyoming County customer accuses utility companies of cutting power

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 11, 2018

PINEVILLE — A Wyoming County woman is suing utility companies, alleging breach of contract.

Emily Lou Ogle filed a complaint in Wyoming Circuit Court against Appalachian Power Company and American Electric Power, alleging the utility companies wrongfully cut off Ogle's power. 

According to the complaint, Ogle incurred financial loss, inconvenience, nuisance, loss of comfort and the good use of her home, undue hardship and harm, aggravation, and annoyance, as a result of the malicious conduct of the defendants. 

The suit says the defendants refused to restore electrical power to Ogle's house, at 1711 Bearhold Road, Pineville, despite receiving and retaining payment for a new account under Ogle's name and her having paid balance in her deceased husband's name. 

Ogle says she was further damaged by the defendants' action to hold her responsible for an overdue bill acquired under a Henry Collins account. Collins is her daughter's boyfriend and not in any way related to her, the suit says. 

The plaintiff alleges Appalachian Power and American Electric Power denied her electrical power under a new account opened in her name, received and refused to return a payment made by Ogle to have the account put in her name, and falsely accused Ogle of illegally obtaining power or removing the meter.

Ogle seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, restoration of electrical power and all other appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney Timothy P. Lupardus of Lupardus Law Office in Pineville.

Wyoming Circuit Court case number 18-C-85

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