KSG has filed a class action lawsuit against Kiwi Energy, a Brooklyn, New York-based natural gas and electricity provider. Also named as defendants are Richmond Road Holdings, which owns Kiwi Energy, and RRH Energy Services, which manages Kiwi’s core operations.
The class action lawsuit alleges that Kiwi Energy overcharged thousands of consumers for their electricity and gas. The lawsuit was filed on August 8, 2017 in state court in Kings County, New York. The case is captioned: Duane and Kerry Austin et al v. Kiwi Energy et al, New York State Supreme Court, Kings County, No. 515350/2017.
A copy of the Class Action Complaint can be found here.
KSG has been investigating claims against many deregulated energy companies, including Kiwi Energy for several months. Our class action lawsuit involves improper pricing practices committed by Kiwi Energy.
In the 1990s, many states, including New York, deregulated the market for retail natural gas and electricity supply, a major break with past policy. Prior to deregulation, gas and electricity were supplied and distributed solely by local utility companies. Over the last several years, a number of states have begun to change the regulations in the energy industry purportedly to enhance competition between energy providers. The notion is that competition would result in independent energy companies (“ESCOs”) being more aggressive than the utility in reducing wholesale purchasing costs and thereby lower retail residential rates.
Kiwi Energy operates as an energy services company with market-based authority to sell at retail electricity and natural gas to residential and commercial end users in New York. Kiwi Energy has taken advantage of the deregulation of the retail electricity market in New York by luring consumers into switching energy suppliers with false promises that it offers a market based variable rate for electricity and gas. However, Kiwi Energy’s variable rates are substantially higher than those otherwise available in the energy market, and its rates do not reflect changes in the wholesale cost it pays for electricity and gas it supplies to its retail customers. As a result, many consumers are being fleeced millions of dollars in exorbitant charges for electricity and gas.
Our class action lawsuit seeks to represent a class of New York customers who were placed on a variable rate plan by Kiwi Energy. Our investigation remains ongoing. KSG continues to investigate claims against Kiwi Energy (and other deregulated energy companies) in New York and other states across the country for overcharging consumers for energy service. If you or someone you know switched energy suppliers (gas and/or electricity) to a deregulated energy company and was placed a variable rate plan by the company, please contact us for a FREE consultation. You may be eligible to be included in one of our class action lawsuits.
KSG has also filed a class action lawsuit against Gateway Energy Services Corporation in the United States District Court Southern District of New York and Just Energy in United States District Court Western District of New York for improper practices. Investigations in both cases are also ongoing.
Kohn, Swift & Graf is a national leader in class actions, including complex consumer litigation. With experienced attorneys and a competent support staff, our firm strives to provide the highest quality of service to our clients. We treat each case with careful attention to ensure that consumers get the justice they deserve. KSG is centrally located in Philadelphia, PA. Our firm handles cases nationwide.