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Helping Municipalities and Utilities Play Well Together

Sometimes, avoiding litigation entails seeing the larger picture and realizing that adversaries may have more in common than they have differences. While representing a municipality in a dispute with its local utility, Quarles & Brady examined both sides of the issue and determined that the ideal solution was legislative rather than litigious. We brought together the two parties to address new legislation, partnering with the client to protect its interests while the utility focused on reliability issues that had plagued the municipality and led to the standoff. As a result, the utility succeeded in persuading the state to adopt new smart grid legislation, and the client municipality was able to receive smart grid updates to its power infrastructure that eliminated the reliability problems as well as the need to go to court over them.