PITTSBURGH – A consumer claims she was charged a higher rate for electricity because her former utility company charged variable rates not based on wholesale market conditions.
Karen Gorecki filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Jan. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Clearview Electric Inc., doing business as Clearview Energy Inc., alleging violation of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, breach of contract and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff was a customer of the defendant from October 2012 to October 2017. She alleges she incurred excessive charges for electricity because of the defendant's deceptive conduct.
The plaintiff holds Clearview Electric Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly lured the plaintiff into switching and availing its services by offering a teaser rate but did not inform her that its variable rates are higher than those otherwise available after the teaser rate expired.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks restitution and monetary damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs, interest and any further relief the court grants. She is represented by Charles E. Schaffer and Daniel C. Levin of Levin Sedran & Berman in Philadelphia and Jonathan Shub and Kevin Laukaitis of Kohn Swift & Graf PC in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00035-MRH