It’s no secret that the US has paid millions of dollars to settle lawsuits over water meter billing, but how much is being paid out?
And what’s going to happen to those settlements?
Newsweek spoke to water meter plaintiffs, who are asking for their money back.
The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the company in federal court in San Diego in 2015, claiming that it illegally charged a customer for water meters in the wrong amounts.
The lawsuit is one of the first to seek compensation for water meter customers who were billed wrongly.
The Justice Department also alleged that the company was violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by illegally billing customers for water rates that were higher than the amounts billed.
But the lawsuit is far from the only water meter litigation the US government has brought against the manufacturer.
In 2016, the Department of the Interior filed a similar lawsuit against several companies in California, claiming they were violating the FCRA by billing customers incorrectly.
The federal lawsuit against MeterTrac is the latest case to target the company.
In 2017, the company settled a separate case with the Department for allegedly violating the law.
The DOJ claims that the MeterTracs Water Meter and Water Meter Products are deceptive and misbranded, claiming to provide a “clean water meter with zero or near zero lead and arsenic.”
The DOJ also claimed that the meters were designed to “detect and correct the amount of lead and other metals that are present in the water supply” and that the “products were marketed to be used in a residential setting to help reduce lead and copper-based corrosion.”
The DOJ also claims that “meters may falsely advertise and falsely advertise the ability to control lead, arsenic and other contaminants in water supplies, and to measure the amount and type of lead, copper and other lead and metal contaminants that are contained in water,” and that these claims are “untrue, misleading and deceptive.”
MeterTrac did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment about the DOJ’s allegations.