Public Service Enterprise Group has hired corporate trial attorney Theodore Wells to conduct an internal investigation of the death of Linda Daniels, an older customer who died July 5 after PSE&G shut power to her house for delinquent payments.
Wells is co-chair of the litigation group at New York-based Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. During the course of his career, he has defended Citigroup, Merck and Bank of America.
Daniels was receiving hospice care and needed the use of a respirator in her home. When PSE&G was shut off power to her Newark residence, the respirator couldn’t work and the 68-year-old woman died of congestive heart failure. PSE&G, in a statement, said it wasn’t aware of Daniels’ medical condition, even though company officials visited Daniels’ residence twice since January.
The state’s Board of Public Utilities is also investigating Daniels’ death.
PSE&G, in a prepared statement, said it’s paying Wells’ firm but his investigation will be independent, with findings to be presented to BPU.
“The tragic loss of Linda Daniels has left everyone at PSE&G with a heavy heart,” said Dave Daly, PSE&G’s president, in a press release. “We again extend our sincere condolences to her family. Our priority now is to understand exactly what happened. We are confident that Ted Wells’ review will provide us with an objective review of the facts surrounding this tragic event.”