Lawsuits

Residents opposed to the mandatory installation of smart meters on their homes and in their communities know their rights, and are not accepting what the utilities are handing down to them  in the form of ill-conceived roll out and opt-out programs.   Here are four major lawsuits.  The list is sure to grow:

1.   Kauai, Hawaii:  Resident Adam Asquith files federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking injunction against Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s smart meter plan.”  The complaint states that KIUC is “rushing forward with the installation of so-called ‘smart meters’ throughout the island of Kauai, Hawaii, despite serious security and privacy concerns, some of which involve apparent constitutional and statutory violations.”  Read:

“Kauai takes Back Its Power: The Spirit of Ho’oponopono,” May 6, 2012: http://stopsmartmeters.org/2012/05/06/kauai-takes-back-its-power-the-spirit-of-hooponopono/

“Hawaii: Summons for Federal Injunction Helps Kauai Re-Think Smart Meters and Democracy,” March 28, 2012: http://www.afterenlightenment.net/Hawaii_Injunction.htm

Renew Grid, “Lawsuit Prompts Smart Meter Opt-Outs for Opponents in Hawaii,” posted Thursday, March 22, 2012:  http://www.renewgridmag.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8202

Intelligent Utility, “Kauai utility sued to halt smart-meter plan,” posted March 21, 2012: http://www.intelligentutility.com/article/12/03/kauai-utility-sued-halt-smart-meter-plan

The Garden Island,”Smart meter controversy lands in court,” March 18, 2012: http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/smart-meter-controversy-lands-in-court/article_03bdf368-7265-11e1-bc69-0019bb2963f4.html

Read Complaint filed by Adam Asquith (Plaintiff) vs. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, in the U.S. District Court foe the District of Hawaii and State of Hawaii: http://www.scribd.com/doc/86039282/KIUC-Pro-Se-Complaint

2.   Naperville, Illinois: Residents have filed a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction, as well, against their municipal utility’s smart meter program.

Go here to the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Federal Lawsuit webpage for more details about the lawsuit: http://www.napervillesmartmeterawareness.org/federal-lawsuit/

To read Status Updates on their federal lawsuit: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Status-Update-Federal-Injunction.html?soid=1106306412269&aid=ZSdagSbfpSE

3.   Maine:

Residents have filed a federal lawsuit against Maine Public Utility Commission and Central Maine Power:   Read more details on Dr. Magda Havas’ website, which includes a link to the actual filing and other related legal documents: http://www.magdahavas.com/smart-meters-friedman-vs-maine-public-utilities-commission-and-central-maine-power-company/

4.   California

Current: Declarations being collected by EMF Safety Network for potential lawsuit.  If you have experienced any illness, disability, injury, harm, invasion, or abuse from your utility company and/or its smart meter on your home or business, please file your Declaration with the EMF Safety Network today.: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=7684

PG&E Territory.  PG&E customers have filed a Class Action lawsuit against PG&E when their monthly bills skyrocketed after smart meters were installed on their homes.  If you’re a PG&E customer who has suffered the same way, find our more about the lawsuit, by visiting the website of attorney Michael Kelly of  the Kirkland  & Packard LLP law firm: http://www.courtroomwarrior.com/smartmeters.php

SCE Territory: Small claims suit against Southern California Edison was appealed and eventually decided in plaintiff’s favor: remove the meter or pay damages.  Cause of action was personal injury that electrical engineer Rob States helped document. In addition, the injured person’s husband is an attorney who expertly responded to SCE motions, according to Mr. States.  Read SCE Brief and the Superior Court of California – County of Orange Judgement and ruling issued March 21, 2012.  Docket for this Case, number 30-2011-00513876-SC-SC-CJC, can be accessed on the Superior Court’s website.

8 Responses to “Lawsuits”

  1. Abby Adams September 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I was on vacation with locks on my house and both gates to my yard. Edison employees broke into my yard and installed a smart meter without my knowledge and permission. I had it removed and have been charged (which they said I would be) $75 for the removal and now an additional $10 is added to my monthly bill. I hve been violated by having someone come into my locked yard to install something against my wishes, and then I have to pay to NOT have it. This is extortion in my opinion. I am seeking a class action suit in Orange County CA so that I can recover the extorted fees for an item I did not wish to have in the first place.

  2. burbankaction September 19, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Abby, please contact Stop OC Smart Meters, if you have not already. They are an excellent resident group opposing smart meters in the Orange County area. Thank you for informing and sharing your experience with our readers. Here is the link to Stop OC Smart Meters’ home page for you and other Orange County residents: http://www.stopocsmartmeters.com/, and here is the link to their page on actions you can take: http://stopocsmartmeters.com/already-have-a-smart-meter/. You can also contact them directly and sign-up for their updates on the Contact page: http://stopocsmartmeters.com/contact-us/

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  4. M Rodriguez June 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    my daughter had a smart meter installed when she was told it would be easier for meter readings as she had an outside dog. Her summer monthly bill was approximately $80 before the meter, and it jumped to $300 plus after the meter install. This is why I am against having this meter installed. And now they want me to pay monthly to opt out of something I didn’t opt into.

  5. burbankaction September 19, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    M Rodriguez, you hit the nail on the head with your Comment. Thank you for sharing and informing our readers about what you are experiencing and feeling about smart meters. So many people have seen and are seeing their utility bills rise (and skyrocket) after the smart meter is installed. It’s hard enough making ends meet in today’s economy, and then gets very unfair when consumers have to choose between putting food on the table or paying the new smart meter utility bill. Read more about high smart meter bills on our companion website, https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/wireless-smart-meter-concerns/smart-meter-consumers-anger-grows-over-higher-utility-bills. Some smart meters seem to be not functioning properly and are causing or suffering from interference problems; others have sparked fires, creating a serious public safety hazard and endangering residents who have smart meters on their homes or at their complex, and other smart meters make people seriously sick. EMF Safety Network has been collecting and sharing long lists of complaints that are similar to you and your daughters’: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1223. You and your daughter can file a complaint or declaration about the smart meter and fees by following the recommended action items on the EMF Safety Network: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=649

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