Gruber v. Starion Energy, Inc., No. 3:14-cv-1828 (D. Conn.)
Plaintiff brought this suit on behalf of all customers of Starion Energy, Inc. in Connecticut and Massachusetts, alleging that Starion charged extraordinarily high variable rates for the supply of electricity that were not – contrary to the provisions of Starion’s contract — linked to the market rate for electricity. The Complaint was filed in December of 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. On April 7, 2015 the Court denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss the Complaint in substantial part.
In March of 2017, the parties transferred the litigation to the Superior Court for the State of Connecticut, where it was captioned Gruber v. Starion Energy, Inc., No. X03-HHD-CV17-6075408-S. On May 9, 2017, the parties reached agreement on a $2.58 million settlement, which was presented to the Court for preliminary approval. The Court preliminarily approved the proposed settlement on May 24, 2017, authorized notice to the Class, and scheduled a hearing on the fairness of the settlement for November 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Plaintiff filed a Motion for Final Approval and a Motion for Approval of an Award of Attorneys Fes and Expenses and a Case Contribution Award on July 24, 2017. The Preliminary Approval Order set an October 23, 2017 deadline for Class Members to file objections or requests to be excluded from the Class and an October 30, 2017 deadline for filing claims. Copies of the Court filings, orders, and papers relevant to the Settlement are attached.