Complainants Against FirstEnergy Over Illegal Surcharge Get Class Certification
Ohio-based complainants who contend in a lawsuit that they were illegally overcharged on their monthly electricity bills to aid in keeping their state’s deteriorating nuclear power facilities scores a legal victory as they were granted class certification.
Jacob Smith, et al. v. First Energy Corp., et al.
Court Awards Class Certification To Class Members In Ohio Nuclear Power Plants Subsidy Legal Case
The judge in the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has recently announced the decision in favor of the plaintiffs.
Filed by Jacob Smith, the FirstEnergy Ohio Electricity Bills Surcharge Class Action Lawsuit argues that he and other residents in Ohio have to shoulder the burden of keeping the state’s failing nuclear energy facilities by paying extra surcharges on their monthly energy payments to FirstEnergy Corp.
The FirstEnergy Ohio Electricity Bills Surcharge Class Action Lawsuit came after Ohio’s state legislative body passed a bill designed to cover the expenses of maintaining the upkeep of the David-Besse and Perry nuclear energy plants located within the state’s borders.
Later on, other class actions that have similar accusations with Smith’s case on top of added bribery claims were filed and fused with the initial legal action.
It is said that Ohio state legislators received bribes amounting to $60 million in exchange for their approval of the controversial law. The former top leadership of the state lawmaking body has denied any wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, Ohio’s State Governor Mike DeWine recalled the highly contentious law that led Ohioans to pay extra charges on their monthly energy bills. FirstEnergy Corp. has promised to pay a settlement fee amounting to $230 million so that its bribery charges be dropped.
Editor’s Note on FirstEnergy Ohio Electricity Bills Surcharge Class Action Lawsuit:
This blog details recent news about the class action certification given to class members in the FirstEnergy Ohio Electricity Bills Surcharge Case. We also suggest you read the National Grid Renewable Energy Taxes Lawsuit.
Case Name(s) & No.(s): Jacob Smith, et al. v. First Energy Corp., et al.; Case No.: 2:20-cv-3755
Jurisdiction: United States (U.S.) District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division
Allegation(s): Ohio residents were forced to pay extra charges on their energy bills to benefit their state’s deteriorating nuclear power plants.
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