Spokane Water Rates Class Action Update

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In a published opinion filed on February 6, 2024, Division 3 of the Washington State Court of Appeals recently reversed summary judgment previously granted in favor of the City of Spokane, and held that municipal water companies in Washington State are subject to the requirements set forth in Title 80 RCW, mandating that public utilities set just, fair, reasonable, and sufficient water rates, avoid undue or unreasonable rate preferences, and avoid rate discrimination. Robert A. Dunn and Alexandria Drake from our office represent the Plaintiffs. Alexandria Drake argued the appeal on behalf of the Plaintiffs on September 6, 2023.This appeal involved consolidated cases including a class action filed by customers of the City of Spokane’s municipal water system, residing outside the City, who have historically been charged substantially higher water rates than the rates charged to customers located inside the City limits. For decades, the City has charged such customers rates that are 150% to 200% of the rates charged to customers located inside the City’s limits, without a shred of cost based or other analytical data to support the rate differential. The Appellate Court’s ruling confirms that the City of Spokane, and all other municipal water companies in this State, are not permitted to hide behind their status as municipal utilities in order to stifle or insulate themselves from meaningful challenges to such excessive and unreasonable water rates.The Court’s decision can be viewed below, and additional information and filings relating to the class action can be found here https://lnkd.in/gXExDWie. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like further information regarding the impact of this critical decision and status of the pending class action lawsuit.

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