Bankruptcy court agrees to wait longer for responses from HB6 lobbyists

U.S. bankruptcy court judge Alan Koschik on Tuesday gave Akron-based Energy Harbor three months to file documents detailing how four mercenaries intervened in Ohio Statehouse Politics and House Bill 6.

After:No responses yet from Energy Harbor lawyers, another deadline requested

Last year Koschik asked four men from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to give him answers about their involvement in legislative races and the passage of the energy bill. Energy Harbor hired Akin Gump, an international law firm, to help it with its bankruptcy and lobbying efforts. In January, Koschik agreed to a six-month deadline for responses.

After:Sell ​​in the Statehouse

Energy Harbor attorney Jonathan Streeter told Koschik on Tuesday that the men had filled out the “statements,” but making those statements public while Energy Harbor cooperates with federal prosecutors would be detrimental. Energy Harbor needs more time to secretly cooperate with federal prosecutors, he argued.

Energy Harbor, formerly known as FirstEnergy Solutions and owner of two nuclear power plants in northern Ohio, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2018 and emerged in February 2020. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the The state passed a $ 1.3 billion bailout bill that would provide a subsidy to keep nuclear power plants operating as well as other benefits to utilities.

The Bill 6 house was sold in order to maintain the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant on Lake Erie near Port Clinton beyond its 2020 shutdown date. The plant is now owned by Energy Harbor, the former subsidiary of FirstEnergy. known as FirstEnergy Solutions.

Now this bailout bill is the subject of a criminal racketeering case. Two men indicted in the case – former Ohio House President Larry Householder and former Ohio GOP President Matt Borges – have pleaded not guilty. Two others – lobbyist Juan Cespedes and political strategist Jeff Longstreth – signed guilty pleas in October. A fifth man, lobbyist Neil Clark, committed suicide in March.

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