UPDATE: This case has received final approval from the Court. After deducting Attorneys’ fees and expenses ($1,920,000.00) and the award for the Lead Plaintiff ($10,000.00), eligible Class Members are expected to receive compensation for approximately 78.58% of surcharges paid during the class period. We currently anticipate that checks will be mailed to former MDC customers or credits applied to the bills of current MDC customers, as set forth in the Settlement Agreement, beginning in December 2020. We will provide further updates as more precise timing information becomes available.
What is this lawsuit about?
A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit pending in the State of Connecticut Superior Court, Complex Litigation Docket of the Judicial District of Hartford. The lawsuit alleges that the Metropolitan District Commission (“MDC”) entered into implied contracts with customers and breached those implied contracts by charging water service customers in four towns (East Granby, Farmington, Glastonbury, and South Windsor) an unlawful surcharge (the “Surcharge”) on these customers’ water bills.
You are included in this lawsuit as a “Class Member” if you are or were the property owner and were charged the Surcharge by the MDC on your water bill in a non-member town from March 6, 2012 through October 1, 2014. Certain sets of individuals are excluded from the definition of the Class and are not Class Members, as explained below. If you did not receive an email or a postcard notifying you of the Settlement but believe that you are a Class Member, please contact the Settlement Administrator.
Excluded from the Class definition at this time are: (1) the MDC, as well as any parent companies, subsidiaries, or affiliated companies of the MDC and any of the MDC’s officers, directors, agents, or employees; (2) the judicial officers to whom this case is assigned and any members of their staffs and immediate families; (3) any heirs, assigns, or successors of any of the persons or entities described in parts (1) and (2) of this paragraph.