Robbie Hargett May 13, 2016, 1:00pm


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Two New York residents are suing a utility company and its subsidiary, alleging they deceived and defrauded consumers.

Youngja Huh and Min Huh, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit May 2 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against United Water Corporation and GDF Suez Energy North America Inc., alleging violations of the New York General Business Law, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, negligent and fraud.

The suit alleges the plaintiffs were denied an abatement on an unlawfully high water bill from United Water, a subsidiary of GDF Suez.  The defendants denied the Huh's request for an abatement, the complaint says, stating it was their policy to never grant abatements to water bills, even if the charges were made in error.

The lawsuit states this policy violates the tariff on file with the New York Public Service Commission, which states abatements must be granted to consumers under various circumstances.

The Huhs and others in the class seek a jury trial, reimbursement and disgorgement, punitive damages, interests, attorney fees and other costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys Carl J. Mayer and Zachary J. Liszka of Mayer Law Group in New York.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Case number 1:16-CV-03240-PAE

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