Lawsuit filed against Ameren by St. Louis County plumbing company

Jul 13, 2011

A St. Louis County plumbing contractor has filed a lawsuit against the utility company Ameren. The suit alleges the plumbing company lost its contract because it repeatedly informed Ameren of environmental, health, and safety violations.

According to the lawsuit, those violations ranged from failing to fix broken plumbing systems to illegally discharging oil to soils and sewers.

The plaintiffs, Kara and Robert Bishop of Bishop & Associates, say they provided Ameren with documentation of the problems.

The suit alleges that starting in 2009, Ameren resisted addressing the violations.

The Bishops say they met several times with top company officials about the environmental issues, and that Ameren terminated their contract soon after.

The Bishops are seeking financial compensation and punitive damages.

A spokesperson for Ameren said the company could not comment on pending litigation.