ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) and Entergy Corporation, two Texas power providers, have a $100 million lawsuit on their hands that accuses them of gross negligence in the death of a child. The child’s family believes he suffered hypothermia when they lost electricity and heat in their mobile home during the recent surge of extreme winter weather that brought the state to its knees.
The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court, according to ABC News. The suit alleges the utility companies “put profits over the welfare of people” by passing up earlier recommendations and warnings to winterize their power grid. As harsh winter weather battered the state, the power grid failed, leaving more than 4 million without heat and electricity. Temperatures dropped to single digits in some parts of the state.