Bulgarian Pensioner Wins Case against Power UtilitySociety | November 6, 2011, Sunday // 15:16| views
A 66-year-old Bulgarian pensioneer was awarded a record BGN 24,150 indemity after winning a court case against German electric power utility E.ON.
Ivan Petrov, who lives in the village of Koshov near Ruse in north-east Bulgaria, where E.ON operates, was trying the company in court for some 3 years now.
The legal conflict arose after E.ON conducted a check on Petrov's electrometer and after finding it was tampered with, imposed a BGN 1,800 pentalty on his household.
The penalty was on the presumption that the house had consumed the maximum power it is able for the past 6 months, given data from the meter were not reliable.
However, Petrov's family refused to pay the penalty, arguing that the power meter is located outside of their house and it is not responsible about its status.
After the protracted trials, the Ruse District Court has proclaimed that E.ON's claim is unfounded, as the meter is property of the company itself.
The Petrovs were very pleased by the verdict and expressed hopes that other Bulgarians will feel encouraged to defend their rights against power utilities.
The EUR 12,100 indemnity is the highest that has been imposed on a power utility in Bulgaria.
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