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Roseville, MI Stormwater Charges Settlement

The City of Roseville, Michigan is settling a class action challenging its imposition of stormwater charges on owners of real property. The class action alleged that the stormwater charges were not proper fees but taxes that were imposed to raise revenue in violation of the Headlee Amendment and the Prohibited Taxes by Cities and Villages  Read more

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Madison Heights, MI Stormwater Service Charges Settlement

The City of Madison Heights, Michigan is settling a class action alleging that its stormwater charge to property owners should be refunded. The complaint alleged that the stormwater charge, which was imposed on property owners to recover costs assessed on the city by Oakland County, was not a proper user fee but a tax, and  Read more

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Carolina Beach Water Facility Fee Settlement

The Town of Carolina Beach has agreed to settle a class action alleging that certain facility fees it collected violated North Carolina law. The plaintiffs argued that the town should not have collected mandatory “facility fees” from parties who wanted a new or upsized connection to the water or wastewater systems.  Read more

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St. Clair Shores, Michigan Stormwater Charges Settlement

A judgment has come down in a class action against the City of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The complaint alleged that city stormwater charges to owners of real property in the city were unreasonable and unlawful. The judge decided in favor of the plaintiffs who brought the suit.  Read more

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Oak Park, Michigan Water Rates Settlement

The City of Oak Park, Michigan is having to pay a sizeable settlement in the settlement of a class action alleging that the city mischarged residents for water and sewer services. The complaint alleged that two components of the city’s charges are unfair: a Kuhn Facility debt service charge and a storm water disposal charge.  Read more

Detroit Per-Acre Drainage Charges Settlement

The city of Detroit, Michigan has agreed to set aside nearly $30 million to settle a class action alleging that its Water and Sewerage Department imposed disproportionate drainage charges on a particular subset of the city’s property owners. The complaint in the case claimed that the charges were made to raise revenue and did not  Read more