Lawsuit filed against parent company of CMP for allegedly overcharging customers
BOSTON (WGME) -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the parent company of Central Maine Power, claiming the company overcharged customers in a year’s long scheme.
The suit was filed against Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. in a Massachusetts court.
It states 7.1 million customers in all six New England states were affected by a "unique monopoly” and were allegedly overcharged $3.6 billion.
The complaint claims the scheme violates federal and state competition and consumer protection laws.
Avangrid Inc., who owns Central Maine Power, sent the following statement to CBS 13:
"The company is reviewing the allegations in the complaint and will vigorously defend against these claims. SCG and CNG are obligated to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to their customers. SCG and CNG reserve and nominate/schedule pipeline capacity to help protect customers from interruptions – including during unpredictable, extreme weather conditions. These companies operate in Connecticut, where they are required to serve as the 'supplier of last resort' for retail, commercial and industrial natural gas customers interconnected to the gas distribution companies. In providing service to customers, AVANGRID complies with all state and federal regulatory requirements."