TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – An appeals court cleared the way for part of a class action lawsuit alleging the financially troubled city of Opa-locka overwhelmed customers for water use.
On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the District 3 Court of Appeals upheld the “certification” of a client judge for a class of clients who claim they are overwhelmed.
“Plaintiffs representing the overcharged class have demonstrated their ability to maintain class certification by demonstrating that there is a case or controversy between plaintiffs and the city over alleged overcharging for water services,” it said in Judge Eric Hendon’s 10-page opinion. “We conclude that plaintiffs have shown sufficient interest in the outcome of the litigation to proceed.”
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However, in another part of the case, the panel revoked the class certification because the city misused money that was paid as bail for the water supply.
The statement said the case related to allegations related to “Miami-Dade County’s decade-long policy and practice of estimating customer water usage and its decision to use customer water resources to address budget constraints during the ongoing financial crisis Balancing the city ”.
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