Several cities have filed separate suits against Entergy Texas, accusing the electric company of fraudulent billing practices.

Through Provost Umphrey attorney Edward Fisher, the cities of Port Arthur, Conroe and Huntsville filed the lawsuits April 4 in Jefferson County District.

Each of the suits allege that the city entered into a contract with Entergy to provide electrical services.

Following an audit, the plaintiffs allege they discovered Entergy was engaged in fraudulent billing practices, including charging for lights that did not exist, maintenance that did not occur and general billing for higher wattages and rates than what was suppose to be charged.

The plaintiffs are accusing Entergy of negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

The cities are seeking an award of exemplary and economic damages, plus attorney's fees.

Case Nos. A192-267, D192-268 and E192-269

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