Horry Electric Cooperative Settlement
On March 3, 2014, the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson granted preliminary approval to the class action settlement known as Vance, et al v. Horry Electric Cooperative, pending in Horry County, South Carolina. Under the terms of the settlement, class members may submit claims for recovery from a six million dollar fund arising out of the installation of vapor barriers in Horry County homes certified for participation in the Good Cents program. Class members may recover from either an automatic payment fund, which provides for a recovery of two thousand dollars, or a remediation fund, which provides for reimbursement of up to twelve thousand dollars for the removal of the vapor barrier.
Notice and claim documents will be mailed to class members no later than March 17, 2014. The claim selection form must be mailed and postmarked no later than June 16, 2014. All details surrounding the submission of the claim form and associated documents will be located in the mailing to class members and can also be identified on the documents attached here.
Please contact Chris Tuck or Jay Ward with any questions regarding the administration of the settlement at 843.727.6500.
Final approval was granted 5/30/14.
- Horry Settlement Agreement
- Preliminary Approval Order
- Notice Forms Including Opt-out and Claim Forms
- Plaintiffs’ Motion for Final Approval of Class Action & Attorney Fees
- Vance et al v Horry Electric – Claim Form & Information
Horry Electric filed a motion to disqualify certain people as class members. This motion was opposed by Plaintiffs and denied by the trial court. As a result of the trial court’s denial of its motion, the utility filed an appeal. On June 29, 2016, the S.C. Court of Appeals affirmed that the settlement is a binding contract and that all of the class members must be reimbursed according to the terms of the settlement agreement.
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