Overbilling in Shreveport's water department has been classified as a class action lawsuit and this could mean more residents could be added to this pending suit.

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The suit, originally filed by the Haven Property Owners and Briarwood Apartments, alleges the city knowingly overbilled water and sewer customers.

A state sales tax imposed in 2015 – collected by municipalities that are to send the money on to the state – allows taxation of water usage but does not apply to sewage. Shreveport collected on both for a while before the error was discovered.

The lawsuit alleges the city collected the two sales taxes from July 2015 to late 2017 and didn’t refund the sewer tax, even after finding the error.

Some large customers have recently been getting refunds of the overcharges.

The court has ordered that Harper Law Firm, Jerry Harper and Anne Wilkes, are approved as class counsel to represent the interests of the class members. Class members may consult such class counsel or their own lawyers for advice on this lawsuit.

A second class action lawsuit against the City, which alleges overcharges to all City of Shreveport residential water and sewer customers, has been filed and is pending class certification in the First Judicial District Court