Cases & Deals

Ohio Edison wins right to implement vegetation management plan

Clients FirstEnergy Corporation

Jones Day successfully represented Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., in an action brought by a property owner before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ("PUCO"). The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously affirmed an order of the PUCO that dismissed a complaint by property owners who sought to challenge the company's vegetation management plan. The court held that the Commission's conclusion that the company should be able to remove trees that could grow into power lines was appropriate. This was the first case tried after the Ohio Supreme Court's ruling in 2009 requiring challenges to vegetation management plans to be tried before the PUCO.

Wimmer v. Ohio Edison Co., Case No. 2011-563; 131 Ohio St. 3d 283; 2012-Ohio-757 (Ohio)