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Legal Work

EMF Safety Network Legal filings

1. CPUC Application A.10-04-018:  EMF Safety Network filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Smart Meters in April of 2010.  This application was in response to two previous CPUC Decisions: D.06-07-027 and D.09-03-026  All documents related to this application can be found on the CPUC website, click on the documents tab. A.10-04-018 proceeding documents.

In this proceeding, although the CPUC and Consumer Affairs Branch (CAB) refer to it as proof they addressed Smart Meter health and safety complaints; no pre-hearing conference, no testimony, and no hearings were held. None of PG&E’s claims of Smart Meter safety were ever cross examined. EMF Safety Network filings in this proceeding:

2. Lawsuit against the CPUC and PG&E: Following the CPUC denial of the rehearing request we retained Best Best and Kreiger who filed the lawsuit in CA 1st Court of Appeals.

December 14 2012- The CA appeals court’s ruling denied the lawsuit. There was no written order provided.

3. CPUC Smart Meter Opt Out Proceeding A. 11-03-014:  In March 2011 CPUC President Michael Peevey ordered PG&E to create a Smart Meter opt out program. Documents related to this proceeding, which is now consolidated to include all CA investor owned utilities  can be found here: A.11-03-014 proceeding documents.  Click on the documents tab, and note there is more than one page of filings. EMF Safety Network filings in this proceeding:

The CPUC adopted this Decision in December 2014, after a year of delays.

4. CPUC Investigation of PG&E for Spying I.12-04-010:  The CPUC opened an investigation of PG&E for spying on “anti Smart-Meter” customers: CPSD Staff Report and  Attachments to CPSD Staff Report. Documents related to this Investigation can be found on the CPUC website, click on the documents tab: I.12-04-010.  Commentary can be read here: PG&E’s spying may cost them and PG&E “Ralph” Investigation. In addition to discovery and settlement meetings, EMF Safety Network filings in this proceeding:

11/26/2012 PG&E, Consumer Protection and Safety Division (CPSD) and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) filed a Joint Motion For Approval of Settlement and Joint Settlement Agreement . EMF Safety Network, Stop Smart Meters and EON are involved in this proceeding and oppose the settlement.

4/4/2013 CPUC Decision

5. Civil court case against PG&E for spying

6. CEQA Lawsuit Sebastopol Verizon 4G cell tower:  In January of 2012 the EMF Safety Network filed a petition against Verizon and the City of Sebastopol (they have a hold harmless clause with Verizon) alleging California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) violations in for exempting the addition of 4G radiation to existing cell tower downtown Sebastopol, on city property. Environmental attorney Rose Zoia is handling this case.

The court hearing was held on Friday December 7, 2012 in Superior Court for Sonoma County. The preliminary judgement favored federal preemption, which our lawyer argued against in the hearing,   The final decision was in favor of Verizon based on federal preemption.

7. FCC  9/04/2013 Reassessment of Federal Communications Commission Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Policies EMF Safety Network FCC Comments

Extensive evidence compiled for the Maine Public Utilities Commission Smart Meter Safety Review: http://www.mainecoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org/2013/04/intervenor-evidence/

13 thoughts on “Legal Work”

  1. If the “contract” between the customers and PG&E originally applied to analog meters, and if changing the contract involved withholding information, ignoring science and testimony and dismissing legitimate concerns, then isn’t the contract for “smart” meters in violation of the law and the public trust that the PUC should safeguard?
    When we “Opt-Out”, aren’t we agreeing…by submitting to and participating in the contract…..to the legitimacy of an otherwise illegitimate contract??? Doesn’t that therefore give PG&E the power to say that we consumers who refuse the smart meters have agreed to their terms? By agreeing to opt-out now, we are postponing the installation of smart meters, not refusing them outright, according to PG&E.
    I have been given notice that I must accept the smart meters on my home or sign the opt-out before the end of the month…..no other choice. As a result, I’m facing having my power shut off and the potential of punitive fees if power is restored at a later date.

  2. centerpoint adjuster says i was late paying my bill , so when they shut my power and two hours later turned it back on , my refrigerator made some weird noises fried mother board , $440.00
    same thing on my $2700.00 G.E. Refer.
    my microwave came back on but with a very dim light..
    I just replaced two compassores in my two air conditioning units , after the smart meter came back on it blew out another compassador .
    the CENTERPOINT ADJUSTER IN HOUSTON TEXAS SAYS …
    ITS MY FAULT….

  3. I had a fire on April 21st 2011 at an apartment I rented in Eureka, CA. The meter housing for the 5 unit apartment (old Victorian divided into 5 units) was located right outside my front door. When we first tried to escape the house after the fire started, two of the recently installed smart meters were on fire. Soon after all five of the smart meters were engulfed in flames. They were shooting out arcs or what looked to be fire balls. We were unable to exit through the only door and had to exit the bldg out the rear bedroom window. I have already started a suit with pge and Landis Gry, Inc. the manufacturer of the smart meter. I do not feel that I am being represented fairly as they are trying to get me to settle for a ridiculous amount of money. The fire has already been determined by the property’s owners insurance company to have originated on the smart meter. After their investigation the pge paid the property owner a settlement. There is a lot more I have left undisclosed. Are there any law firms in Northern California that are already familiar with fires like mine?

  4. It is my apartment that is pictured on your home page, and I would like to seek any assistance on what steps I should take to file a small claims lawsuit. It was my home for 22 yrs. It is also a rental complex who will probably settle with the Electric co. and the heck with the tenants. I just need to know what to do without any litigation and extra lawyers fees. They never contacted any one, I really should not be surprised.
    I am just a little guy trying to recover something for all I lost, and I lost all my furniture in 3 out 5 rooms, plus a lot of things I could never replace.
    I had no insurance, but that still should not mean I am okay with it. PECO is at fault here.

  5. I have run around circles between the Maryland Public Service and Attorney General’s Office to try to get their $75 one time fee and $17 each additional month opt out fee revoked by Delmarva Power. Now I am faced with the first bill of it on. Is there any lawsuit in Maryland, and if not, is there anyone who will probono work with me to get these fees removed? It is extortion to have to pay for someone’s service, or my lack theirof, and neither Public Service Commission nor attorney general’s office seems to think so even with the safety concerns you have found, or issues I had with one month of having a meter on. I am opting out, but want these fees paid back to me and all Marylanders who choose to opt out.

  6. My wife had went home early the April 21 and an electric department worker had a smart meter in his hands and said we are changing your meter out because of low usage. My wife and I have no kids at home, we have energy conservative bulbs in every light socket in our house, we are not at home during the day. We heat with a top of the line wood burning stove and we sit in the dark watching TV for an average time of 3 hours per day. Our utility bill is an average $75.00. I told them that was not an acceptable reason to change my meter to digital. It does not benefit anyone to conserve, when you conserve they fine ways to extort by raising rates or by using the so called smart meters to spy on you to fine your peek times of usage so they can charge a higher rate. Remember when people start losing power because they can’t pay there bill the Power Companies lose money also. We are on a strict budget and doubling our utilities is not in it. So don’t feel alone, because “YOUR NOT. Stand up and let your voice be heard

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