Judge denies restraining order in SME case

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA - A District Court judge has denied a motion seeking an order to block Electric City Power from taking any steps that would harm the finances of Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission.

SME asked the court to prevent the utility arm of the city of Great Falls from delaying payments for power or ending contracts with its customers that could cause SME to lose its customer base.

The Great Falls Tribune reports District Judge Kenneth Neill denied the restraining order, but ordered a June 1 hearing on the same issues. Neill said the city has continued to pay SME and the contracts at issue won't expire until June 30.

The city filed a lawsuit in March seeking to end its relationship with SME and the return of a $792,000 deposit.



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