(Raleigh News Observer) North Carolina utilities regulators said Wednesday they have hired a veteran federal prosecutor to oversee the state’s investigation of Duke Energy and the company’s abrupt firing of its chief executive last month.
The N.C. Utilities Commission hired Anton Valukas, chairman of the Chicago-based law firm Jenner & Block, to handle the state’s probe.
Valukas and his legal team are expected to request internal documents and to interview current and former Duke executives and board members. The commission has already made voluminous document requests and conducted hours of hearings on its own to hear testimony from four Duke board members, ousted CEO Bill Johnson and current CEO Jim Rogers.
Under state law, Charlotte-based Duke will be billed for Jenner & Block’s investigative work. The firm has 450 lawyers and offices on the East Coast and West Coast but does not have an office in the Southeast.
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