Youngblood v. City of Grovetown Settlement

Did You Get Billed for Water and/or Sewer Services by the City of Grovetown, Georgia, between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2016?

 

A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit about illegally high water and sewer charges to customers of Grovetown’s water and sewer utility. The settlement will provide vouchers to current residents of Grovetown, and payments to those who have moved away.

Who’s Included? The Class includes all persons who are or were formerly customers of the City of Grovetown’s water, wastewater, and stormwater utility and who were billed for utility services by the City of Grovetown between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2016.

What Are the Settlement Terms? A $1.5 million Settlement Fund has been created to refund Settlement Class Members. Current residents of Grovetown may elect to have up to 32% of their 2015 annual water bill (that’s almost four months of water bills) credited to their current account. Those residents who have moved away may elect to receive a payment of $50.00. The Settlement also provides injunctive relief. You must submit a Claim Form. You can submit your claim by mail, e-mail, or online. If you mail it, it must be post-marked by October 2, 2017 to the address on the Claim Form. If you submit it any other way, it must be submitted to the Settlement Administrator by midnight on October 2, 2017. 

Your Other Options. If you do not want to be bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself by May 12, 2017. If you do not exclude yourself, you will release your claims against City of Grovetown. You may object to the Settlement by May 8, 2017. The Detailed Notice available at the website explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on June 26, 2017, to consider whether to approve the Settlement to be paid directly by City of Grovetown. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing, at your own cost, but you don’t have to.

Important Dates

Event Date
Objection Deadline May 8, 2017 
Opt-Out Deadline May 12, 2017
Final Approval Hearing June 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Claim Filing Deadline October 2, 2017