Williams v. Duke Energy
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Class Benefit Fund

Markovits, Stock & DeMarco and Freking, Myers & Reul Announce Court Hearing to Discuss Implementation of Grants from Class Benefit Fund Established to Benefit Class Members and Final Claims Report.

Cincinnati, OH, June 6, 2018 /PR Newswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Markovits, Stock & DeMarco regarding Anthony Williams, et al. v. Duke Energy International, Inc., et al.

To: All ratepayers who received retail electric generation service from Duke Energy Corp. and/or Cinergy Corp. or their subsidiaries or affiliates at any time between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008, in the CG&E/Duke Energy Ohio electric service territory and who did not receive rebates under the side agreements.

If you meet the description above, you may have been a class member in Anthony Williams, et al., v. Duke Energy international, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:08-cv-00046, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

In addition to claims payments to qualifying class members, the settlement of that action included the establishment of a Class Benefit Fund to be used to administer certain grants intended to benefit class members.

By Order of the Court, there will be a hearing on June 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 7, Room 117, of the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Court will hear from the Class Benefit Fund Board regarding the implementation of the grants. Plaintiffs’ Counsel will also provide a final report of the paid claims. All payments to class members under the settlement have already been made and are final. All class members and interested parties are welcome to attend.


Class Benefit Fund


The settlement of Williams, et al. v. Duke Energy International, et al. includes the creation of a Class Benefit Fund (the “Fund”), initially set at $8 million, to be administered by a Class Benefit Fund Board of Trustees (the “Board”). The purpose of the Fund is to support energy efficiency programs and projects that will assist both residential and non-residential class members throughout the Duke Energy Ohio 10-county service area in Southwest Ohio. More detail regarding the Fund and its Board may be found in the Stipulation (click here) and Exh. 1 to the Stipulation, which sets out proposed Fund Restrictions and Guidelines (click here).

On November 23, 2015, the Court approved and appointed a five-member Class Benefit Fund Board of Trustees. A copy of the Order may be found here.

To find out more about the past and current activity of the Board, click here. Please check back periodically. If you are a Class Member, we want to ensure that you have the opportunity to provide input on preliminary ideas for use of the Fund to benefit Class Members.

Here is the approved Class Benefit Fund Board:

Brewster Rhoads

Brewster Rhoads

Mr. Rhoads served as the Executive Direct of Green Umbrella, the sustainability alliance for Greater Cincinnati, before his retirement in July 1 2015, and has been an environmental advocate for over 45 years. To see a copy of his c.v., click here.

Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan

Mr. Shanahan currently provides policy, financing and technical advice to clean energy projects through New Morning Energy LLC. He served as Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s Energy Advisor from 2007-2011 and as executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority from 1989-2011. To see a copy of his c.v., click here.

Kathryn Merchant

Kathryn Merchant

Kathy Merchant is president/CEO emeritus of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She is Senior Fellow for the StriveTogether cradle-to-career network, Senior Advisor for CFLeads executive leadership institutes, and philanthropy consultant to foundations. Merchant serves on the national board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. To see a copy of her c.v., click here.

Deborah Brooks

Deborah Brooks

Ms. Brooks is the Executive Vice President of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, and has spent the last 30 years of her career in the social service field advocating for and supporting those in need of assistance. To see a copy of her c.v., click here.

Kevin Bright

Kevin Bright

Mr. Bright is Duke’s Managing Director for Customer Efficiency Programs. To see a copy of his c.v., click here.