Direct Energy Services Rates
April 2017: The named plaintiff filed a Notice of Appeal regarding the August 2015 dismissal order, the March 2017 summary judgment order, and the judgment in favor of the company. (Case No. 17-1003, 2nd Cir.)
March 2017: A federal judge granted the company’s motion for summary judgment for the remaining Connecticut state law claims and claims for covenant of good faith and fair dealing concluding that the named plaintiff failed to adequately allege an issue of material fact.
August 2015: A federal judge granted part of the company’s motion to dismiss, dismissing Massachusetts state law claims for lack of standing and unjust enrichment claims due to insufficient allegations. The claims were dismissed without prejudice.
November 2014: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Direct Energy Services for allegedly deceptively inducing consumers to switch to them as their energy supplier. According to the complaint, Direct Energy offers low initial rates and a month-to-month variable rate plan that is tied to the market rate when, according to plaintiffs, the company routinely charges consumers as much as four times the market rate after the initial rate expires. (Richards et al v. Direct Energy Services, LLC, Case No. 14-cv-01724, D. CT.).
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When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled.