- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago has thrown out a lawsuit by suburban residents who accused promoters of a new coal power plant near St. Louis of misrepresenting construction and electricity costs.

The class-action lawsuit by ratepayers in Batavia was one of several face-offs between municipal customers and power suppliers working to recoup investments in the financially-troubled Prairie State Energy Campus. Among the owners of Prairie State is St. Louis-based coal company Peabody Energy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1LjBS2d ) reports the judge determined that the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and consultants named as defendants properly relied on cost projections in a deal sought by the city of Batavia.

The city of Hermann, Missouri has also sued over electricity contracts it says it agreed to because of misleading information.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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