PITTSBURGH, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility Line Security, LLC (ULS) of Pittsburgh, the company which provides the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's line warranty program, filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code this afternoon. The filing was made necessary by actions of the PWSA in the wake of a preliminary ruling by an Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge that the contract was not permitted. ULS filed to protect the customers who have paid for a valuable and needed service under the program and to prevent the PWSA from unilaterally terminating the program.
According to the company's attorney, Kirk B. Burkley of Bernstein Law Firm of Pittsburgh, "It is our position that PWSA may have been premature in starting to take actions to immediately dismantle the program. The ruling of the Court of Common Pleas was a preliminary one, and we think the PWSA moved too fast. We are confident that the legality of this valuable contract will ultimately be upheld by the Courts and that the customers will be permitted to continue to receive the benefits of the program. The Chapter 11 filing will maintain the status quo until a final ruling is made and allow ULS to perform under its obligations."
The Company intends to require the PWSA to likewise honor its obligations under contract and give city residents the opportunity to obtain the line warranty service they desire and, in some cases, already paid for.
For more information please contact Kirk B. Burkley, Bernstein Law Firm, 412.456.8108 or [email protected]