Wiggin & Dana wins victory for Cross-Sound Cable

April 9, 2002

Wiggin & Dana’s appellate practice, led by administrative appeals specialist Jeffrey Babbin , has won a significant victory for its client Cross-Sound Cable Company, LLC in a highly publicized matter.

Cross-Sound had obtained regulatory permits to construct an electric transmission cable under the seabed of Long Island Sound, to connect the electric distribution systems of Connecticut and Long Island. The Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, and the City of New Haven appealed the permit granted by the Connecticut Siting Council and applied for a court order halting construction of the cable project while the appeal was pending. The Attorney General argued on his own behalf in court in support of the stay pending appeal, and was opposed by Mr. Babbin on behalf of Cross-Sound. Attorneys for New Haven and for the Siting Council also participated in the court hearing.

On April 9, 2002, Judge Carl Schuman of the Connecticut Superior Court in New Britain issued a ruling denying the applications for a stay, allowing Cross-Sound to proceed with construction of the cable project. Mr. Babbin was assisted by his fellow litigator Alan Schwartz and by the firm’s Utilities Practice attorneys Linda Randell and Bruce McDermott .