Back in April, I posted “Energy Plus Ups UA Offer to 25K and AA Offer to 20K…what you should BE AWARE of”, where I described how I received 20,000 AAdvantage miles for switching energy providers to Energy Plus, but felt like I paid about $88 above the standard market rates to obtain those miles. For me, $88 for 20K AA miles was still a great deal, even if I felt a bit swindled. However, I posted other stories of individuals who overpaid by up to $300 over the prevailing market rates and then couldn’t even cancel their service. Well, a class-action case was opened and yesterday, I received a payout…of $24. Too bad it wasn’t another 20K AAdvantage miles, I’d much prefer that!
I normally tend to ignore most class action “junk mail”, but with the trickery of Energy Plus, I must have felt compelled to fill out the form…though I don’t really remember doing so. Anyway, if you were a member of the class action, look for your check in the mail. Interestingly enough, Energy Plus still partners with UA and AA, in addition to several other loyalty programs. Offers have recently dropped to 7, 500 and 5,000 respectively.
If you were a customer of Energy Plus Holdings LLC or Energy Plus Natural Gas LLC at any time up to and including October 15, 2012, your legal rights may be affected by the settlement. This lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). It was brought by Plaintiffs Angela Wise and Gideon Romm, on behalf of themselves and a class of persons with similar claims.
Plaintiffs alleged that Energy Plus, an independent energy supplier, made misleading representations to consumers, contrary to its obligations under applicable laws. Plaintiffs also alleged that Energy Plus’s rates were not as advertised because they were higher than prevailing market rates. Energy Plus denied these allegations and contended that its rates were adequately disclosed and reasonably related to the relevant markets for electric and gas service. The Court has not ruled on the merits of the claims asserted on behalf of Plaintiffs and the Class, nor has it ruled on the merits of Energy Plus’s defenses.