$4.5 Million Settlement Reached With Electric Supplier; New Courthouse Planned in Torrington

May 27, 2014

A $4.5 million settlement with an alternative electric supplier accused by the state of promising to save customers money. The money will be used to increase enforcement against deceptive practices and educate the public about third-party suppliers.  In a 2012 complaint filed with state regulators, Attorney General George Jepsen accused Energy Plus Holdings of offering deceptive rates and misleading consumers. The company has about 6,000 customers in Connecticut.

New Courthouse Planned in Torrington

The state is planning to build an $81 million courthouse in Torrington to replace Superior Court buildings in Litchfield and Bantam. The Register Citizen reports some of the features of the building include six civil courtrooms, two criminal courtrooms, six resident judges' chambers, and one administrative judge's chamber.  The Judicial Branch has requested more than $71 million in borrowing for the project, which it said will create more than 1,400 construction jobs.

Pfizer Abandons AstraZeneca Deal

Groton-based Pfizer has dropped its plan to buy AstraZeneca for nearly $118 billion.  The decision ends a month-long public fight between two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. British rules now require an enforced cooling-off period-and AstraZeneca could reach out to Pfizer after three months.

State Has No Supply of Lethal Injection Drugs

Connecticut prison officials have confirmed they do not have a supply of any lethal injection drugs or a way to obtain them, even though there are 11 inmates on death row. Mike Lawlor is the state's undersecretary for criminal justice policy. He says because no execution is imminent, Connecticut has the ability to watch litigation in other states before it has to consider how it would execute any of the inmates currently on death row.

State Police Report Hundreds of Accidents Over Holiday Weekend

Connecticut State troopers investigated just over 300 motor vehicle accidents over the Memorial Day weekend. 54 of those involved injuries, but there were no fatalities. Police also issued more than 1,200 speeding violations and about 950 seatbelt violations , and 54 DUIs.