Smart Meter Legal Rights

On July 6, 2018, the “smart” meter exploded behind my RV, 2 feet from my room, burning my storage shed and half of my mobile home. I lost three beloved cats in the fire, as well as almost everything I owned. I`m still sifting through the ashes of what`s left of my room, looking for valuables I had there. It`s a grueling process and every day tears your heart out. I live in a motorhome park and the owner gave me a beaten used caravan to live on, for which I am very grateful. She also rented a container so I could put inside things I had saved from the fire, but I have to wash the seat of everything before it gets into the container so it doesn`t stink of fire and smoke. The problem is that she wants to do it in the next couple of days and I`m 65 years old with chronic asthma for COPD and a bad shoulder. I can`t do things according to their schedule. I have a lawyer, but I couldn`t find one who had prior knowledge of smart meters. That worries me.

The meter was removed and taken away by the city police as evidence. I`ll keep you posted, I`m sure it will probably be a few years before I get any kind of comparison if I win. The fire chief said the fire was caused by the smart meter. In the short term, the purchase of a first-generation smart meter could be a barrier to switching providers. I have the same problem. I can`t believe it – “pay us or we`ll install a potentially dangerous meter next to your house.” completely unethical. Apparently, there were bills in Ohio to prevent them from charging the monthly fee, but that didn`t pass. While it was disappointing that the NSMA lost its appeal, it was gratifying to hear the court acknowledge the forced nature of the city`s smart meter data collection efforts, stating that “the decision to share data imposed by Fiat is not a choice at all.” This is, at the very least, a more honest assessment of the facts than saying that customers voluntarily share data by continuing to use electricity, or that consent was “deemed to be `considered` as has been noted in the past. HB 368 requires electric utilities to obtain customer consent before replacing traditional electricity meters with “smart meters” that monitor consumers` electricity consumption and send that information back to the utility. It also requires utilities to describe in plain language what information is monitored and transmitted remotely from the meter to the company. Finally, it allows consumers to choose not to install a smart meter and allows those who have already installed one to demand its removal for any reason, while utilities are prohibited from charging these people additional fees.

Since 2011 and in Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA) v. City of Naperville (Case 1:11-cv-09299), NSMA sought an injunction for the mandatory (forced) installation of digital smart electricity meters that collect granular energy consumption data far beyond what is required for customer billing. 26. In September 2016, the District Court issued a final decision in favour of the City of Naperville. The NSMA then appealed the District Court`s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [2]. I was very I will be in my house shortly after the installation of the smart meter. I stayed in the house for another 7 years.

I thought the house or something inside would make me sick. I slept less than two meters from the meter. I became so much myself that I couldn`t work anymore. I lost my home and moved into my RV in a RV park. Shortly after moving to the park, my health began to improve. It`s been almost two years and I feel 90% better. I became convinced that home was making me sick. Then I came across something online about smart meters and put it all together. He has done everything since then. all symptoms. Headache, fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, body aches, nausea.

Etc. It was commonplace. Now I`m afraid to move into a house or apartment. I`m afraid of smart meters. In this case, a citizens` group called Naperville Smart Meter Awareness challenged Naperville`s policy of requiring every home to have a smart meter, and objected to doing so for the Fourth Amendment and other grounds. The district court ruled that smart meter data, while collected directly by a municipal utility rather than a non-governmental third party, is subject to the so-called “third party doctrine.” In other words, the lower court held that the utility had automatically failed to constitutionally protect data simply because it belonged to it. This is a critical precedent. Last year, about 65 million smart meters were installed in the U.S., 88 percent of which — more than 57 million — were in the homes of U.S. consumers. More than 40% of U.S. households had a smart meter. Experts predict that this number will reach around 80% by 2020.

And law enforcement agencies are already trying to access energy companies` data without a court order. The Seventh Circle realized that this energy consumption data “reveals information about what is happening in a house.” Individual devices, the court explained, have different patterns of energy consumption, or “charging signatures.” With these charging signatures, you can tell not only when people are home, but also what they are doing. The court ruled that “the ever-increasing pace of technological development has serious privacy implications” and that smart meters “are no exception.” Yes. It`s a reasonable matter for an HOA to decide collectively – after all, if a HOA member would be hurt by the “smart” meters (especially the person who is right next to the bank for the building), it could be up to the HOA to compensate that injured person. Your HOA or landlord may be held legally liable for damage caused by “smart” meters they have authorized on the premises. Individual opt-outs obviously do not make much sense in the context of a condominium or apartment building with several meters on a wall. [6] Judges tend to focus on violations of law enforcement in Fourth Amendment cases, and these are certainly important. However, the unnecessary collection and verification of personal data on energy consumption by state utility department employees would also constitute a potential breach, depending on the circumstances.

A “search” by a government agent is a state search. Case law has extended Fourth Amendment protections to people exposed to actions of other government actors, such as firefighters, building/code inspectors, or even public school officials. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to include government utility personnel reviewing unnecessarily collected smart meter data as a violation of the Fourth Amendment. If there is also a risk of contact with law enforcement authorities of this data, it is obvious that the case becomes even stronger. But to put it simply, a “search” is carried out either by a government agent or by a private party. It is quite obvious that a person who is employed and acts as an employee of the government is not a private party and is therefore an agent of the government. I am so glad I found this site. I live in an H.O.A. condo and my son had trouble sleeping.

Its wall happens to be more than 6 smart meters. Gas & electricity. My room is also next to him. I have similar problems. But I`m happy to find answers because our doctor didn`t. In my case, I need the help of my neighbors to place a cover to redirect the RF signal because it is exaggerated. What I don`t understand is why these control cowards were not forced to provide coverage to avoid health problems? Thank you again to everyone who fought the good fight. Make your voice heard. There is power in the masses! In this case, you will have to read again manually, as if you had a conventional meter. I live in Mt Vernon IL 62864 and decided not to use Ameren gas and electricity meters when they were installed here a year ago. There were no additional charges on my bills until the current bill where they added $24 + tax on “advanced meter charges declined”. I`ve been reading my own meters every month for the past year and emailing them the results to show they don`t need to send someone to read them.

I am now in the process of hiring them legally. I`ve tried, but so far I`m not able to create a public atmosphere in my city to resist them, so it looks like I`m alone. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

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