Jury finds for Luminant in lawsuit

Alcoa must pay $10 million in damages

In less than three hours of deliberation, a 20th District Court jury on Wednesday found for Luminant in a high-profile civil lawsuit brought by Alcoa.

Not only did Alcoa not receive the nearly half-billion dollars it had sought in damages, the jury ordered Alcoa to pay Luminant $10 million in damages.

Luminant attorneys said that was the amount Alcoa owed the energy company as part of its share of installing federal court-mandated anti-pollution equipment at Sandow Unit 4.

The jury found Luminant complied with contracts it had with Alcoa regarding planned and unplanned outages at Unit 4 in 2008.

Jurors also found Luminant could not be blamed for the eventual cost of the anti-pollution project.

The jury agreed with Alcoa that Luminant failed to provide the aluminum company access to Unit 4’s “books and records.”

That finding did not result in any award of damages.

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