Seattle City Light Billing Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Seattle City Light is settling a class action taking issue with its practice of billing customers based on estimated electricity usage rather than actual electricity usage. According to the complaint, in 2016, Seattle tried to switch to digital meters and a software system that could receive readings directly from the meters, but the system did not work as hoped and sometimes provided inaccurate readings. The complaint alleged that when Seattle found that some of its billing was incorrect, it sometimes billed the customers for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in an attempt to “true up” their accounts and sometimes charged higher rates than it should have for the “true up” bills.

Docket Number:

19-2-21999-8 SEA

Company: Seattle City Light

Filing Deadline: February 28, 2022

Class Period: August 21, 2015 to June 8, 2020

Objection Deadline: February 28, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: February 28, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: April 15, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

No proof is required.


You may be eligible if you are a Seattle City Light residential customer who received one or more bills based on estimated electricity usage, followed by a bill based on actual usage, between August 21, 2015 and June 8, 2020.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Benefits: Payment estimated at $14-$42, but could be much larger. Current customers will receive payment in the form of a credit to their accounts; former customers will receive a check. Payments will come from one of two funds, based on the type of estimated bill received:

- The True Up Fund will pay customers who received at least one estimated bill followed by a bill based on actual use.
- The Elevated Bill Fund will pay customers who received a bill in which the average kilowatt hours per day was 400% or more than their average daily kilowatt usage for a

Total Settlement Amount: $3,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $2,500

Law Firm:
Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC

Claim Form: Seattle City Light Billing Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Deien v. Seattle City Light

Settlement Website: Seattle City Light Billing Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Postlethwaite & Netterville

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

SCL Billing Settlement Administrator
c/o Postlethwaite & Netterville
P.O. Box 1029
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Tags: Utility Overcharge