Aren’t class actions great? The only problem is that the money for the residents will have to come from, well, themselves:
“We are having an accounting game. It’s basically saying, ‘we’re sorry you paid it from this pocket, instead it should have come from this pocket,” said Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin. …
“The only party benefiting from this are the law firms,” said Conlin.
The attorneys who fought the city on the hydrants will get $4.2 million plus interest charges.
City water customers will get refunds averaging $45 but will be obliged to pay surcharges averaging $59 to cover the cost of the settlement [KOMO].