Earlier this year, a federal court held that Sierra Club’s claims alleging violations of federal environmental laws at Luminant’s Big Brown Plant were “frivolous” and ordered Sierra Club to pay Luminant $6.45 million that it spent defending the case. In light of this very favorable ruling, Luminant entered into discussions with Sierra Club about resolving multiple matters Sierra Club has asserted against Luminant. Today, in an unprecedented and sweeping agreement in Luminant’s favor, Sierra Club will voluntarily end years of litigation and legal disputes it has brought against the company. Luminant entered into this agreement with Sierra Club for many reasons, including:
- Sierra Club is voluntarily dismissing multiple lawsuits it filed and withdrawing from a number of other legal challenges to operations at Luminant’s coal plants.
- Sierra Club has released all claims that it may have against Luminant for periods up to the date of the court’s order.
- The rulings Luminant secured in the Big Brown case will stay on the books as precedent in future cases.
- Luminant is making no future commitments to Sierra Club.
As Luminant’s CEO Mac McFarland said about the agreement, “Final resolution of these legal matters on terms that are highly favorable to Luminant serves as a compelling reminder that this is about our dedicated and mission-focused people, who have an unwavering commitment to operating safely and in compliance with state and federal laws. To the extent that these baseless lawsuits and claims called this commitment into question, we are pleased that any doubt has now been clearly erased.”