Texas woman files US$1 billion class-action lawsuit after receiving US$9,000 electric bill

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A Texas woman has filed a proposed US$1 billion class-action lawsuit against electric company Griddy Energy that alleges the company engaged in unlawful price gouging during last week’s statewide winter storm and power outages, according to a statement from the law firm. Lisa Khoury, a resident of a Houston suburb, claims she was charged a total of US$9,546 by Griddy from Feb. 1 to Feb. 19, according to a copy of her bill filed with the lawsuit. Khoury’s average monthly electricity bill before February ranged from US$200 to US$250, according to the suit. The suit claims that Griddy “committed price gouging,” was negligent when it “failed to shield consumers from excessive electrical bills,” and that, by selling electricity at high prices in the middle of the storm, the company was “unjustly enriched.”

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