LAS VEGAS, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A California Superior Court Judge in
San Diego County has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Southwest Gas
Corporation (NYSE: SWX) by Southern Union Company (NYSE: SUG), Southwest Gas
In an order issued Friday, September 24, California Superior Court Judge
Ronald S. Prager dismissed the lawsuit because Southern Union's allegations in
the California state court case duplicated claims brought in pending lawsuits
in the Federal court system in Nevada and Arizona.
"Southern Union has pursued a strategy of filing high-profile but baseless
claims in nearly every available courthouse," said Thomas Sheets, vice
president and general counsel of Southwest Gas. "The fact remains that
Southern Union is nothing more than a spurned suitor. This decision is a
sensible step in the direction of resolution of all of Southern Union's
groundless claims on terms favorable to Southwest Gas shareholders and
The judge found that Southern Union is proceeding with discovery of
evidence in an existing lawsuit, and that Southern Union has presented no
valid argument as to why it cannot obtain the discovery it needs in a pending
Nevada action as well.
The Court dismissed the California case without prejudice, which means
that Southern Union may re-file this case upon the resolution or termination
of a federal action in the unlikely event that the federal actions do not
dispose of all the claims asserted in the California action.
SOURCE Southwest Gas Corporation
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