CLEVELAND- Attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of more than 80,000 Cleveland Public Power customers on Thursday.
The suit accuses CPP of illegally charging a hidden monthly fee for environmental compliance equipment it never purchased, according to Landskroner Grieco Merriman,
LLC. The attorneys are seeking damages and interest for those named in the class-action lawsuit.
“Plain and simple, this is fraud,” attorney Jack Landskroner said. “Not only did they tack on this illegal charge, they never disclosed it on customers’ monthly statements. So even the most diligent consumer would have no reason to question the charge.”
A spokesman for the Cleveland mayor’s office said the city has not seen the suit, “and does not comment on ongoing litigation.”
The lawsuit claims CPP used the fee to supplement its revenue without asking voters or Cleveland City Council for a rate hike.