CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority has agreed to pay residents a total $160,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit over electric utility allowances.
The Legal Aid Justice Center filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of public housing residents in June 2012. The lawsuit alleged that residents were overcharged for electricity because the authority failed to provide adequate allowances.
The Legal Aid Justice Center announced the proposed settlement on Tuesday. A federal judge must approve the settlement. There also will be a fairness hearing.
Housing authority executive director Constance Dunn tells The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/19gZTa5 ) that the authority decided to settle the case because of the cost and effort of litigation.
She says the authority's utility allowances have been in favor of residents.
Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com
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