SC attorney general wants $63M in lawyer fees reduced

May 8, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina attorney general has joined a private lawyer in asking a judge to reduce the $63 million attorneys are asking as their fee for settling a utility lawsuit.

The attorneys sued South Carolina Electric & Gas and parent company SCANA Corp. for its role in the abandoned construction of two nuclear plants in the state that never generated power.

SCE&G settled the lawsuit for more than $2 billion, much of which was refunded to ratepayers. The sides agreed to pay $63.5 to the attorneys who sued.

But state Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a court filing Wednesday that even more money should go back to ratepayers because the state was a driving force in the settlement. He is joining private Columbia attorney Robert Dodson in the request.