Class Claims L.A.|Charges for Nothing

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – Los Angeles charges for trash collection from apartment buildings and other multiple-family dwellings even though it doesn’t collect their trash, according to a class action in Superior Court.

     Named plaintiff Lilith Chakhalyan claims the city’s Department of Public Works billed her and other people who live in multifamily housing for trash pickup, though private companies – not the city – provide trash services for them.
     When class members pay the city’s bills and complain, they receive a partial refund in the form of a credit balance, but the city keeps billing them for the service it does not provide, according to the complaint.
     Chakhalyan claims that class members who live in single-family dwellings are billed as much as $72 every 2 months for trash the city never picks up. Homes where multiple families live are charged a multifamily rate by the city which is slightly less, the complaint states.
     Chakhalyan claims that class members have been told that their claims were referred to the city attorney, but nothing has changed.
     She seeks class damages, restitution, disgorgement and an injunction for violations of consumer laws, breach of contract, money had and received, breach of faith and negligent misrepresentation.
     The class is represented by J. Mark Moore.

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