Welcome to the Information Website for the City of Shreveport’s Department of Water and Sewerage (DOWAS) Partial Rounding Settlement.

If you were a residential customer (both Inside City and Outside City) who received and paid a bill(s) from the City of Shreveport’s Department of Water and Sewerage (DOWAS) from October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2019 and were charged for the “Sewer Quantity Charge” on any such bill(s) when the Average Winter Consumption (“AWC”) was applied to residential customer’s “Sewer Quantity Charge, was “rounded up” to the nearest “whole thousand gallon”, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement.

A $5.9 million Partial Settlement has been reached in a class action about the way in which the City of Shreveport calculated residential water and sewer customers’ Average Winter Consumption (“AWC”) and, using same, billed the customer’s “Sewer Quantity Charge” on their water and sewer bills. This Partial Settlement was reached with Defendant, the City of Shreveport. The Partial Settlement offers payments to Settlement Class Members who file valid Claims.

This website advises you of your rights with respect to the proposed settlement, including your right to receive an automatic payment (or credit), your right to exclude yourself from the settlement, and your right to object to the settlement. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. Please read this website carefully.


Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement
Receive a Payment or Account Credit If you are entitled under the Partial Settlement to a payment or Account Credit, you do not have to do anything to receive it. If the Court approves the Settlement and it becomes final and effective, and you remain in the Partial Settlement Class, all Settlement Class Members who were overcharged on their “Sewer Quantity Charge” as a result of the City of Shreveport’s “rounding up” of their Average Winter Consumption (“AWC”) during the Class Period will automatically receive a payment or account credit.
Exclude Yourself from the Partial Settlement Receive no benefit from the Partial Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to retain your right to bring any other lawsuit against the City of Shreveport about the claim in this case that is the subject of this Partial Settlement. The written request(s) for exclusion must be postmarked no later than September 29, 2020.
Object

Write to the Court if you do not like the Partial Settlement. To object to or comment on the Partial Settlement, you must send a copy of the appropriate papers via mail to the Court, Class Counsel, and counsel for the City of Shreveport’s Department of Water and Sewerage. Their addresses are listed below. Your written objection must be filed with the Court and sent to Class Counsel and counsel for the City of Shreveport’s Department of Water and Sewerage no later than September 29, 2020.

If you object to the Partial Settlement, you will remain a Class member.

Ask to Speak at the Hearing

Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Partial Settlement. Any Class Member who wishes to appear at the Final Approval Hearing must file with the Clerk of Court a “Notice of Intention to Appear,” which must be received by September 29, 2020.

The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing on November 12, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., at the Caddo Parish Courthouse (First Judicial District Court), 501 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 to consider whether the Partial Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. The Court may also consider the motion for Class Counsel’s attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses, and for an incentive award for the Class representative.

Do Nothing You will receive any payment or Account Credit to which you are entitled and will give up your right to bring your own lawsuit against the City of Shreveport about the claim in this case that is the subject of this Partial Settlement.

These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this Settlement Website.