2 schools sue LIPA, PSEG for failing to refund alleged overbilling | Newsday

Two Long Island schools have filed suit against LIPA, PSEG and the state Department of Public Service, charging the utility engaged in a “pattern” of misclassifying customers in the wrong rate class and failing to refund years of overbilling. The filing by the Nesconset Elementary School and Great Hollow Middle School, both in the Smithtown school district, last month, followed reports in Newsday that more than 1,000 customers had been misclassified as large commercial customers even though their usage did not warrant it. Big commercial customers pay a $10 daily fee that smaller users don’t, among other differences. Most Popular Train bully taken down by ‘Viking Guy’ from LI Cops: Woman accidentally hit husband, 80, with SUV Father, twin of convicted killer get probation Chief of Suffolk’s largest union resigns FBI agent: Walsh illegally earned ‘just over $200,000’ “There is a pattern of improper assignment of billing to rate code 285,” the suit, filed as an article 78 proceeding in State Supreme Court in Mineola, states. It takes issue with the fact that LIPA and PSEG have awarded refunds to some wrongly classified customers but not others. STORY Biz owner receives $50G credit from PSEG In December, Newsday reported that one such customer received $49,939 in credits and refunds after PSEG and the state found that his business, Structural Industries of Bohemia, had been misclassified for years. Several other entities referenced in the case, including the St. Charles Cemetery and the Sands Point Golf Club, also received refunds for tens of thousands of dollars.

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