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Johnson Utilities Water Rate Increase Settlement

Johnson Utilities, LLC is paying $10.35 million to resolve a class action alleging the company unlawfully raised its water and wastewater rates by bribing a state regulator.  Read more

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Seattle City Light Billing Settlement

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  Read more

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Greenville, NC Utilities Commission Capacity Fee Settlement

The Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) is settling a class action alleging that the capacity fees it was charging violated North Carolina law. The complaint alleged GUC was charging the fees as a condition of receiving water or sewer service.  Read more

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Greenlight Variable Electricity Rate Settlement

Greenlight Energy, Inc. is settling a class action about Greenlight’s alleged acts and omissions concerning supplying energy at variable rates. The complaint alleged that the company’s misleading representations violated New York’s General Business Law and breached its contracts as well as the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  Read more

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Palo Alto Utility Users Tax Settlement

The City of Palo Alto is settling a class action about a Utility Users Tax (UUT) it collected from telephone users in the city. The complaint alleged that the tax was unlawful on certain tax-exempt telephone services.  Read more

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Los Angeles Gas Tax Settlement

The City of Los Angeles is paying more than $32 million to settle a class action alleging that it miscalculated a natural gas utility user tax (GUT) on its Southern California Gas Company utility bills. The complaint alleged that a Service Establishment Charge (SEC) and a Customer Charge were improperly included in the calculation.  Read more

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City of Los Angeles Natural Gas Tax Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action against the City of Los Angeles for improper addtions to its natural gas utility tax. The complaint claims that the city improperly added a Public Purpose Surcharge and a State Regulatory Fee to the tax, when it should have based the tax only on the amount of natural gas  Read more

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

Palmco New Jersey Electricity and Gas Settlement

Palmco Power NJ, a third-party supplier of natural gas, and Palmco Energy, a third-part supplier of electricity in New Jersey are being required to pay penalties and reparations to customers in the outcome of a class action brought by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the New  Read more

IDT Energy Customer Overcharge Settlement

This settlement resolves a class action that makes two main claims: (1) that IDT Energy or its related companies overcharged customers for gas and electricity, and (2) that IDT also did not give customers who participated in its rebate programs the full rebates owed. The complaint claims that these actions are breaches of contract and  Read more