Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Judge rules Shreveport water and sewer customers overcharged for years

by BIZ Magazine

A Caddo Parish judge ruled earlier this week that the citizens of Shreveport have been overcharged for years’ worth of water and sewer bills.

Caddo Parish District Judge Michael Pitman ruled Oct. 14 that the residential water and sewer customers in Shreveport have been overcharged for years.

The Court granted the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and denied the City’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

Judge Pitman had previously certified this lawsuit as a class action suit to include all 60,000 residential water & sewer customers.

Class legal representatives, Jerry Harper and Anne Wilkes of the Harper Law Firm will be contacting counsel for the City and the Perkins Administration in an effort to resolve any outstanding issues and to encourage the City Council members, on behalf of their constituents, to assist in the process. 

“With today’s ruling and the assistance of the Perkins Administrations, we hope to swiftly move forward toward resolving a longstanding city-wide problem that affects every family in Shreveport,” Harper said. 

Wilkes said, “We have been working towards this day for over two years. Today was an important victory for the people of Shreveport.” 

City Attorney Mekisha Smith Creal issued an emailed statement regarding the ruling. 

“The City of Shreveport is carefully considering the ramifications of today’s ruling regarding the calculation of sewer quantity charges for residential customers. We want to ensure that Shreveport citizens are treated fairly, while avoiding disruptions to operations,” said City Attorney Creal. “Similar rules and ordinances are utilized in peer cities around the country, and have been in place in Shreveport for decades. No final financial judgment has been reached at this time. We are currently exploring the legal remedies available. The City of Shreveport remains committed to fair treatment and quality service.”

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