HOUSTON, February 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A Chambers County woman filed a class action suit against Griddy, claiming that the Texas energy supplier involved in illegal price increases during last week’s statewide winter storm and power cuts.
Lisa Khoury, one Mont Belvieu resident, claims your utility bill February 13th to February 19th totaled $ 9,340, when Griddy started withdrawing from his bank account daily. Ms. Khoury says that her average monthly monthly bills between $ 200 and $ 250, and repeatedly tried to contact the company with concerns about withdrawals, but got no response, eventually placing a payment suspension order in his bank account.
According to the filing with the state district court in Harris County, Mrs. Khoury and her husband, for the most part, were without power in their home February 17th to February 18th. Mrs. Khoury received her parents and in-laws, who are in their 80s, during the storm. Even so, she continued to minimize energy use in her home because of her fear of high electricity prices.
Ms. Khoury says she started trying to change suppliers already February 15th but was only able to change providers in February 19 after persistent contact with other electricity providers.
The proposed class includes all Texas residents who used Griddy’s electricity services and were hit by excessive loads from the storm.
“At this point, we don’t know how many people can be affected, but there are probably thousands of customers who have received these outrageous bills,” he says. Derek Potts from the Potts law firm in Houston, which represents Mrs. Khoury. “Collective action will be the most efficient and effective way for Griddy customers to come together and fight against this predatory price.”
The lawsuit alleges violations of the Texas Deceptive Business Practices Act, among other claims. He seeks an injunction to prevent Griddy from charging and charging payment for excessive prices and demands the forgiveness of any late or unpaid bills from customers. Mrs. Khoury and all other members of the class are seeking monetary relief from more than $ 1 billion.
Griddy’s business model offers customers a wholesale rate plan designed to save money during the good weather months, when residents are unlikely to turn on heating or cooling systems. The wholesale rate before the winter storm arrives $ 50 per megawatt / hour, but the state’s Public Utility Commission raised this limit during the winter storm, with the resulting rates rising to more than $ 9,000 per megawatt / hour.
The process is Lisa Khoury v. Griddy Energy LLC, No. 2021-10004 filed with the 133rd District Court of Harris County, Texas.
SOURCE Potts Law Firm