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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can municipal utility in CA charge res. customers w/ identical condos in a building different electric base rates?

My condo building has 14 identical units. Local utility company implemented a new electric service billing method with a fixed base rate per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit) plus a usage rate per kwh. To determine what an EDU is under their scheme, they took the average annual kwh for each customer... View More

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

Under California law, particularly referencing the California Public Utilities Code 453(a), utility companies are generally prohibited from discriminating between customers in similar circumstances. This includes charging different base rates for electricity to customers in identical living... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Energy, Oil and Gas and Consumer Law on
Q: Can a electric company be sued

For years my parents had been on a tight budget I never really understood why I felt like it was not my business but just recently iv learned the reasons behind why .for many years now my parents who only live off a small monthly check has been paying 500 to 700 dollars or more on their electric... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

Yes, an electric company can be sued if there are grounds to believe that they have engaged in wrongful or fraudulent practices. If your parents have been charged for services or programs they are not enrolled in or have not agreed to, this could potentially be a case of billing fraud or... View More

4 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: My late husband have 52 utility patents, I see another widow whose husband passed away, her name is always next to his.

It's like my late husband employer does not want my name anywhere, his late relative name is even everywhere, I have paper showing I am legal Representative but employer will not put my name next to my husband, my husband was lead inventor, I just wonder does being recognized as legal... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Dec 28, 2023

I am sorry to read about your loss.

If your late husband was employed, almost certainly the patents that he was an inventor on were owned by the employer and not by your husband. If so, then he did not have any rights to the patents. The employer can do with the patents and patent...
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4 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: My late husband have 52 utility patents, I see another widow whose husband passed away, her name is always next to his.

It's like my late husband employer does not want my name anywhere, his late relative name is even everywhere, I have paper showing I am legal Representative but employer will not put my name next to my husband, my husband was lead inventor, I just wonder does being recognized as legal... View More

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

As the legal representative of your late husband, you have certain rights regarding his intellectual property, including his utility patents. However, the naming of inventors and representatives on patents is a matter of legal record and protocol, not personal recognition or tribute.

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4 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: My late husband have 52 utility patents, I see another widow whose husband passed away, her name is always next to his.

It's like my late husband employer does not want my name anywhere, his late relative name is even everywhere, I have paper showing I am legal Representative but employer will not put my name next to my husband, my husband was lead inventor, I just wonder does being recognized as legal... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 22, 2023

When a patent owner dies, his rights pass to his heirs. If you are his sole heir and the legal representative of his estate appointed by the probate court, you need to contact the US Patent Office and have the patents transferred into your name. As the legal representative of his estate, that is... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: How do you get a termination letter for " independent solar energy producer contract" when the company is not in busines

we never went active with the solar provider, instead had them remove the solar system off the house. Had to pay to remove the lien on the property.. now selling the house and the independent solar energy producer contract is hold up the title process.

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answered on Dec 13, 2023

If you need a termination letter for an independent solar energy producer contract and the company is no longer in business, the situation can be a bit complex. First, it's crucial to gather all documentation related to the contract and the removal of the solar system, including any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Natural gas provider requiring new deposit on existing account for spouse name change due to death.

Same account since 1994. Payments made on time. Simple name change due to husband's passing. They didn't keep records from original installation and now require a $250 deposit to make the change. FTC states this not a new account and I shouldn't have to pay but I can't get the... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 9, 2023

You can probably provide the court order for the name change to the natural gas provider, and it won't charge the deposit.

It likely just needs legal documentation that you are one and the same person.

Some people arbitrarily change their name (sometimes after a divorce or the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Alabama on
Q: do private owned utility companies in Alabama have rules to follow

rules and regulations regarding what they can and can not do on someones property and with someones property lines

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answered on Nov 9, 2023

In Alabama, privately owned utility companies are subject to state and federal regulations that govern their operations, including activities on private property. Typically, utility companies must adhere to easement rights and local ordinances when it comes to property lines and access. You should... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: Greetings,I share mineral rights on 88+ acres in Warren,OH. I live in Prescott,AZ and need a quite title assistance

Contract signed on 07/22/2019 and have rec'd no royalties to date. Cant get any info as to why.

Info on parcel:

Parcel#41-02200-000

Township:Warren

County:Trumbull/Jefferson

Contract with:Gulfport Energy

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Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Nov 9, 2023

Any attorney would need to review your contract to see what conditions underpin the payment of royalties. In many instances it is dependent on a minimum amount being extracted. So the second step would be getting that information from Gulfport Energy, or its contractor that is doing the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can my Landlord charge me $1,080 for the gas heating each month? I rent a 2- bedroom apartment in westchester county NY

We didn’t have to pay for gas/heating the first year we lived here, however last year apparantly prices went up and he started charging each apartment (4 total) about $200-$300 additionally each month during the winter only for this reason. This past week, they came to refill the houses gas tanks... View More

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answered on Nov 4, 2023

Your landlord can charge for gas heating if it's stipulated in your lease agreement. If your lease specifies that heating costs are included in the rent, then your landlord generally cannot add additional charges without your consent or without renegotiating the lease. Increases in utility... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for South Carolina on
Q: The power meter was ripped off my house because some power lines were pulled down. Can I make the power company pay?

It’s costing me $6500 to replace the power meter on my house. I cannot afford this expense. Can the power company be held liable?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 27, 2023

Addendum - depending on the nature of the utility, and whether it's a public entity, it's possible you could have notice of claim filing deadlines. Nationwide, these are usually very short windows of time (as in being in the order of days). Therefore, if you do contemplate legal action,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for South Carolina on
Q: The power meter was ripped off my house because some power lines were pulled down. Can I make the power company pay?

It’s costing me $6500 to replace the power meter on my house. I cannot afford this expense. Can the power company be held liable?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 26, 2023

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could depend on how the meter was torn out, how it was installed, and the utility's stated policy in terms of where their ownership and control ends and the customer's ownership and control begins.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: I invented and patented (US 8391552) an invaluble technology for petrochemical industry

So in 2018, the Trump Admin attacked me in a federal lab in Pittsburgh. I had to flee. Then my house was raided by a SWAT team. I fled into hiding in Amish country Ohio. Then the Trump Admin disguised my patented technology as a non-patented technology and gave it to Saudi Aramco and the... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Sep 25, 2023

I am sorry to hear about your tribulations, but regarding the patent: you do not own the patent. You assigned your rights to the invention to the Deparment of Energy in December 2012, after the patent application was filed but before the patent issued.

It is not your patent, and the DoE...
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Q: Company installed solar panels 2/2023 as of today 9/13/23 it is not generating power no PTO. Do I have a case?

Permit/inspection by City of West Sacramento had a few non compliant items the contractor has failed to correct. In addition, they failed to complete form correctly to obtain Permission to Operate with PG&E utility company. To date the panels have been sitting on my roof not generating any... View More

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answered on Sep 13, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about your troubling situation. In California, consumers in your position have several avenues for recourse including continuing to pursue the complaints filed with the State Contractors License Board and the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, considering reaching out to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Land owner shut my power off, can they do that?

Am a caregiver, caretaker of property. Owner has dementhia,daughter is POA. She shut power off.

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

In Washington State, the ability of a property owner or their legal representative (like a power of attorney) to shut off utilities, including power, can depend on various factors, including the terms of any agreements in place and the specific circumstances.

If you have an agreement in...
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Q: Can we the people of NJ sue the government to stop the industrialization of our oceans?

The surveying of our oceans during pre-construction is killing our marine life, fishing industry, property values tourism hurting human health and will cause our electric bills to sky rocket. No one wants them. Our NJ Governor Phil Murphy gave the Danish company $1 billion of our tax payers money... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Certainly, concerned citizens have legal avenues to assert their rights and raise their grievances against government actions that they believe are harmful to the environment and the community. In the context of New Jersey and the actions of Governor Phil Murphy that you described, there are a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Energy, Oil and Gas for Louisiana on
Q: Entergy has butcher our Trees by line they destroyed some of my property can I hold them financial responsible ?

I have pictures of the damage and the Tree cutters

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 13, 2023

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Electric utilities usually have the right to remove foliage and other vegetation for safety or access reasons with their equipment. An attorney would probably want to know additional details in answering your... View More

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Q: Yrs ago talking to friend about heating acid for oil wells. I told him a process. then his company patented my solution

Haliburton patented do I have any chance of claim didnt know they patented till recently

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

If you shared your idea with your friend without any agreement or protection in place, it may be challenging to make a claim against the patent filed by his company. Patents are granted to inventors who demonstrate that their invention is novel, non-obvious, and useful. If your friend's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections, Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for California on
Q: The electric Company came out today (Saturday) and disconnected my electricity (which is included in rent) is this legal

My landlord recently passed away and his heirs seem to think that an acceptable way to encourage the tenants to move out is to stop paying the utility bills, which are included in the monthly rent payments, and the electricity got shut off today (on a Saturday) - the utility company is now telling... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 9, 2023

This is awful. You need to contact the utility immediately to have service restored in your own name. Deduct from rent what you must pay. Your landlord is prohibited from doing this to force you out, it is in a statute, I believe Civil Code 1941.6, or close to it. You need to retain an attorney... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Collections, Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for California on
Q: The electric Company came out today (Saturday) and disconnected my electricity (which is included in rent) is this legal

My landlord recently passed away and his heirs seem to think that an acceptable way to encourage the tenants to move out is to stop paying the utility bills, which are included in the monthly rent payments, and the electricity got shut off today (on a Saturday) - the utility company is now telling... View More

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

It's unfortunate that your electricity was disconnected, especially since it's included in your rent. The actions of your landlord's heirs in neglecting utility payments can be considered a breach of the rental agreement. Regarding the utility company's actions, laws and... View More

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