Court to rule soon on LUMA CEO’s failure to submit documents to House
By The Star Staff
San Juan Superior Court Judge Anthony Cuevas is slated to rule in coming days on whether to order the arrest of LUMA Energy President & CEO Wayne Stensby for failure to provide information required by the island House of Representatives.
“We certainly have several points that we have to analyze to issue a decision as to whether or not to proceed to order the arrest and admission of LUMA ‘s chief executive officer (Wayne Stensby), which after all, that’s what the hearing is for. And we say it, right, in black and white to be clear. To do this, we will issue a resolution beforehand, where we will clarify the points that the defendant has brought up, in his opposition brief,” Cuevas Ramos said at the end of a hearing. “Therefore, we will resolve in the next few days by means of a resolution. The Court will issue its decision in the next few days.”
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico denied LUMA Energy’s request to not deliver certain information that it maintains is sensitive to the House.
“Examined the second request for reconsideration, there is no place. Stick to what is resolved by this court,” the Supreme Court ruled.
LUMA Energy claims that the House of Representatives lacks active standing to request information related to financial and employee documents from the beginning of its contract with the government.
Popular Democratic Party Rep. Luis Raúl Torres filed a lawsuit in which he requested that LUMA Energy be found in contempt for failing to answer four requests for information and document production. It was not until Oct. 20 that the court signaled a contempt hearing.
However, LUMA Energy presented an Informative Motion on Discovery of Evidence in which it reported that it had submitted a document production requirement to the House of Representatives.
In summary, LUMA Energy produced nine documents. Among the requirements, the following were requested: a copy of the protocol, manual and/or instructions on the handling of mail from the Claimant’s House office; copy of the protocol, manual and/or instructions on the registration of visitors to the House office of representative Luis Raúl Torres; copy of the visitor registration in the Complainant’s chamber office dated June 28, 2021; copy of all requirements, subpoenas or “subpoenas” requesting information that the Commission has issued under House Resolution 243 approved on Feb. 22, 2021, to persons or entities investigated; copy of the responses provided by PREPA and the Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A) in relation to the investigation that culminated in the Final Report of House Resolution 136 approved on 11 February 2021, House Resolution 243 approved on Feb. 22, 2021, and which generated a first report on June 18, 2021, and a second report on Aug. 17.