Ratepayers’ group planning class-action lawsuit against CMP

CMP Ratepayers Unite said late Monday that two Maine-based attorneys involved with the matter have retained a New York firm to take the lead, on behalf of utility customers who believe they have been overcharged. It said that Sumner H. Lipman and James Belleau have retained Napoli Schkolnik PLLC, to prepare a class action on behalf of these customers.

“We have been working very hard to hold CMP accountable for their actions,” the group said in a news release. “Today, I am happy to announce that our voices have been heard! Spread the word to other ratepayers who are outraged and want ACTION!”.................................

Further details about the planned suit are on the group’s Facebook page.

Customers also can contact Patrick Milligan by email at milliganpm@gmail.com

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