Class-action lawsuit request filed against Hydro-Québec

A request to launch a class-action lawsuit against Hydro-Québec was deposited Wednesday at the Montreal courthouse, demanding a refund for “over-billing” that allowed the government to balance its books more quickly.

The request was filed at Quebec Superior Court by representatives of the Coalition peuple allumé, which recruited nearly 40,000 participants on the social action network Weroes.com.

At a news conference, one of the representatives of the coalition, Freddy Molima, accused Hydro-Québec of “abusing its monopoly.”

According to lawyer Bryan Furlong, the state corporation acted illegally by submitting to the Régie de l’Énergie, the department responsible for evaluating rate hikes each year, numbers that “did not reflect reality,” in order to overcharge its clients.

Last April, the Quebec government admitted it profited from overcharges by Hydro-Québec — which amounted to…

Original published: 2017-11-09 01:30:03 Read the full Montreal News here


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