Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did I receive a settlement check?

    You received a Settlement Check because it was determined that you were part of the Settlement Class and you did not request a bill credit instead, or opt out of the Class.

    The Class is defined as:

    All customers of Defendant SCE&G (including companies, corporations, partnerships, and associations) who have been assessed advanced costs associated with the construction of 2 nuclear reactor units at Defendant SCE&G and SCANA’s Jenkinsville, South Carolina site from the first collection of any cost recovery associated with nuclear construction to present.

    Your check represents all your SCE&G accounts, combined, that qualified for a settlement award.

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  2. Why didn't I receive a settlement check?

    If you elected to receive a bill credit instead of a check, or if you opted out of the Class, then you will not receive a settlement check.

    Likewise, if your advanced financing costs were below a certain amount, then your calculated pro rata amount would have been zero.

    If you feel that you did not receive a check because of a wrong address, please contact us at info@SCEGRatePayerSettlement.com.

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  3. When will I receive my bill credit?

    SCANA will be implementing the bill credits and we will update this website once the timeframe for bill credits is known.

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  4. How do I negotiate my check that says "this check may not be cashed at a check cashing agency or money service business"?

    The Settlement check may be cashed, deposited, or otherwise negotiated at any bank or financial institution (like a credit union) that is not a check cashing agency or money servicing business. If you are unable to cash the check at a bank or other financial institution, you may request that a replacement check be issued to you without the ‘check cashing’ language.

    To receive a replacement check, you must return the original check to the Settlement Administrator, accompanied by a written request asking that a replacement check be issued and mailed to you without the ‘check cashing’ language at:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

    If you cannot return the original check to the Settlement Administrator, then for security reasons your replacement check will be issued and mailed to you only after the original check passes its 120-day stale date.

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

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  5. Can you update my address and re-mail my check?

    To request a replacement check be mailed to you at an updated address, please mail a signed, written request, asking that a replacement check be reissued and mailed to you. Please also indicate your current and former mailing addresses. Mail your check with request to:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

    If you cannot return the original check to the Settlement Administrator, then for security reasons your replacement check will be issued and mailed to you only after the original check passes its 120-day stale date.

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

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  6. Can you expedite my check reissue?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to expedite a check reissue.

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  7. What is the deadline to request a check reissue?

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

    Please see the other applicable reissue FAQs to read about the procedure for requesting a check reissue.

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  8. How can I receive a new check if I lost mine or it got damaged?

    If your settlement check was damaged or lost, but is not yet stale, you may request that a replacement check be mailed to you. To do so, please return your damaged check to us with a signed, written request asking that a replacement check be issued and mailed to you. If the check is stale, only the signed, written request is required and not the check. Please mail your check and request to the Settlement Administrator at the following address:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

    If your original check to the Settlement Administrator, then for security reasons your replacement check will be issued and mailed to you only after the original check passes its 120-day stale date.

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

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  9. Can I have my check reissued under a new name (e.g. last name change or business is defunct)?

    First, please go to the bank or financial institution in which you are a current account holder, as they may negotiate the settlement check if documentation regarding the status of your name change is presented.

    If your bank or financial institution will not negotiate the check as-is, please return the original check to the Settlement Administrator at:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

    Be sure to include a signed, written request asking that a replacement check be issued and mailed to you. Please include instructions for the name that should be included on the replacement check. You do not need to provide documentation for the name change.

    If you cannot return the original check to the Settlement Administrator, then for security reasons your replacement check will be issued and mailed to you only after the original check passes its 120-day stale date.

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

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  10. What do I do if the person on the check is incapacitated or deceased?

    First, please go to the financial institution at which you are a current account holder; your bank may cash or deposit the check if documentation is presented regarding the status of the account holder and your status as the beneficiary/executor.

    If your bank will not cash the check, then in order to receive a reissued check we must first establish that you are legally authorized to file a claim on behalf of a deceased Class Member. If approved, then we will reissue the check in your name.

    If you are the Personal Rep/Executor or next of kin,

    1. complete the Deceased Claim form found here;
    2. provide a copy of the death certificate; and
    3. provide ONE of the following:
      1. A copy of your letter of appointment, court order, or other document showing that you are the deceased Class Member’s Personal Representative/Executor (“proof of Personal Representative/Executor status”);

        OR

      2. Provide proof of your next-of-kin status, such as a copy of Affidavit of Heirship or Next-of-Kin Affidavit.

    The deadline to request a check reissue is December 20, 2019.

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  11. Can I negotiate a higher settlement award amount?

    No, all Settlement Award amounts are final.

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  12. What is the purpose of the Notice I received?

    Do not be alarmed. You have not been sued. The Notice you received is to inform you of this proposed class action Settlement, to alert you to the fact that you may be a member of the Class certified by the Court, and to inform you of your rights and options as a member of the Class.

    The Notice was sent to you based upon SCE&G’s records indicating that as of November 23, 2018, you paid advanced financing for the Project as a component of your payment to SCE&G for electricity service.

    You may be entitled to receive monetary benefits under a settlement of legal claims relating to the advanced financing you paid for the Project.

    To review a copy of the Notice, click here.

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  13. Do I have to do anything?

    If the court grants final approval of the Settlement and it becomes effective, you do not have to do anything to receive a payment under the Settlement (unless you want to participate in the proposed Settlement on behalf of a deceased Class Member as set forth in FAQ 20). You also have the option to object to the proposed settlement, or you may exclude yourself from the settlement. If you choose to exclude yourself from the settlement, you will not be entitled to receive any of the benefits provided by the settlement, and you will retain the right to file any claim you may have against Defendants on your own and at your own expense.

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  14. What is a class action lawsuit?

    In a class action, one or more people called “Class Representatives” sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All these people are a “Class” or “Class Members.” The Class Representatives who sued – and all the Class Members like them – are called the "Plaintiffs." The entities the Class Representatives sued are called the "Defendants." One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who may choose to exclude themselves from the Class. The Notice is provided because the Defendants have agreed to a proposed settlement with the Class and the Court has decided that this matter should proceed as a class action lawsuit.

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  15. What is the nature of this class action lawsuit?

    This lawsuit was initiated as three separate class actions filed in August 2017 following the announcement by Defendants of their intention to abandon the construction of the Project, which had been ongoing and financed by SCE&G customers since 2009. The Class Representatives, on behalf of all members of a proposed Class, consolidated their claims in a Consolidated Complaint filed in this litigation on May 31, 2018 (the “Complaint”). Plaintiffs asserted various claims against Defendants related to the construction of the Project, for which Plaintiffs paid costs pursuant to the BLRA. Plaintiffs seek recovery of the amounts paid among other damages. Plaintiffs allege, among other things, that Defendants breached various duties in the construction of the Project and improperly charged Plaintiffs advanced financing costs. Plaintiffs’ allegations are detailed in the Complaint, a copy of which may be reviewed by clicking here.

    Defendants deny that they engaged in any wrongful conduct or that they violated the law in any way. Defendants contend that the claims asserted in this litigation have no merit and that they have agreed to the proposed settlement to put to rest this controversy and avoid the risks inherent in complex litigation.

    SCE&G has filed a petition (Dkt. No. 2017-370-E) with the South Carolina Public Service Commission (“PSC”) seeking, among other things, a finding that SCE&G’s decision to abandon the Project was prudent, allowing for SCE&G to recover costs related to the Project, and a finding approving the proposed merger of SCANA with Dominion Energy, Inc. This proposed settlement relates to matters pending before the PSC.

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  16. How is the class defined?

    By Order dated September 20, 2018, the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas for Hampton County (the “Court”) certified (defined) the following Class of persons in this case:

    All customers of Defendant SCE&G (including companies, corporations, partnerships, and associations) who have been assessed advanced costs associated with the construction of 2 nuclear reactor units at Defendant SCE&G and SCANA’s Jenkinsville, South Carolina site from the first collection of any cost recovery associated with nuclear construction to present.
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  17. Who are the Class Representatives?

    As part of its Certification Order, the Court designated the three Named Plaintiffs in this lawsuit, Richard Lightsey, LeBrian Cleckley, and Phillip Cooper, to act as the Representatives for the Class.

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  18. Who are counsel for the Class?

    The Court appointed Strom Law Firm, LLC, Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, Speights & Solomons, LLC, McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC, and Bell Legal Group, LLC as Counsel for the Class.

    The addresses for Class Counsel are as follows:

    STROM LAW FIRM, LLC
    2110 Beltline Boulevard
    Columbia, SC 29204
    RICHARDSON, PATRICK, WESTBROOK & BRICKMAN, LLC
    P. O. Box 1368
    1730 Jackson Street
    Barnwell, SC 29812
    SPEIGHTS & SOLOMONS, LLC
    100 Oak Street
    Hampton, SC 29924
    BELL LEGAL GROUP, LLC
    219 Ridge Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440
    McGOWAN, HOOD & FELDER, LLC
    321 Wingo Way
    Suite 103
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
     

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  19. Who are the Defendants in this Lawsuit?

    South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, SCANA Corporation, and the State of South Carolina (the “State”) are the Defendants in this lawsuit. The State is a defendant because Plaintiffs challenge the constitutionality of the Base Load Review Act. Plaintiffs do not seek any monetary relief from the State, and no monetary relief is being provided by the State in this proposed Settlement.

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  20. What are my options and rights with respect to this proposed Settlement?

    You have a choice. You can remain a member of the Class or you have the right to exclude yourself from the Class. If you remain a member of the Class, you will participate in the proposed settlement, if finally approved by the Court. If you remain a member of the Class, you also have the right to object in writing to any part of the settlement if you choose to do so. Each of these choices has consequences that you should understand before making your decision.


    A. If you wish to remain a member of the Class and participate in the proposed Settlement, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME.


    If you wish to remain a member of the Class and participate in the proposed Settlement:

    1. You will be entitled to receive the benefits provided by this proposed Settlement if the Court grants final approval of the Settlement.
    2. Pursuant to the proposed Settlement, Defendants will provide a common benefit consisting of cash, real estate, and prospective rate relief to be administered in the contemporaneous proceeding pending before the PSC (the “Common Benefit”). Defendants will (a) make a cash payment of one hundred fifteen million dollars ($115,000,000.00) to a Common Benefit Fund; (b) transfer certain real estate (or the net proceeds from the sale(s) of certain real estate) to a Real Estate Trust to be sold in a manner supervised by the Court or a special master appointed by the Court to maximize the benefit to the Class and to fund the Common Benefit Fund; and (c) provide up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000.00) in prospective rate relief to inure to the benefit of the Class Members over a period of time established in the contemporaneous proceeding pending before the PSC.
    3. Class Counsel have conducted limited commercially reasonable due diligence on the value of the real estate being transferred into the Common Benefit Fund. Based on Class Counsel’s independent investigation, Class Counsel estimate the net value of the real estate to be between $60,000,000.00 and $85,000,000.00. This valuation will be affirmed by appraisal, inspection, and additional due diligence, which will comport with the standard in the industry prior to any final settlement approval. Regardless of the commercial vetting performed by Class Counsel regarding the value of the real estate involved in this settlement, real estate values are subject to risks that include, but are not limited to, negative changes in economic conditions; the supply and demand for properties; changes in interest rates and other fiscal and monetary policies; changes in environmental laws or regulations, planning laws, and other governmental roles; changes in real property tax rates; unexpected repairs; under-insured or uninsured losses; damage to property from weather, vandalism, or terrorist acts; and other factors beyond the reasonable control of Class Counsel. Liquidation of the real estate will also require the expenditure of holding, appraisal, marketing, and closing costs.
    4. The Common Benefit Fund will be distributed among the Class Members proportionately based on how much each Class Member paid in costs associated with the Project. There will be one or more distributions of the current cash in the Common Benefit Fund less (1) attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses approved by the Court; (2) certain administrative, tax, and real estate expenses; (3) service awards to the Class Representatives approved by the Court; and (4) for any and all Class Members who submit valid Requests for Exclusion, the pro rata amount those Class Members would have received had they not chosen to submit such a request.

      (By way of example only, if the net cash to be distributed after the deductions discussed above is $100,000,000.00, and the total advanced financing costs paid by all Class Members who do not request exclusion are $2,000,000,000.00, a Class Member who paid $1000 in advanced financing costs will receive $50 and have future SCE&G bills reduced from what they would have been without the settlement in an amount determined by the PSC.)

      1. In lieu of a cash distribution, a Class Member who is a current SCE&G customer may elect to receive a credit in the amount of the Class Member’s pro rata share to be applied to the Class Member’s monthly SCE&G bill by submitting the Bill Credit Election Form available here no later than March 6, 2019. The election to receive a bill credit will be applicable to all distributions from the Common Benefit Fund as long as the electing Class Member remains a current SCE&G customer at the time of the distribution.
    5. Class Counsel and the Class Representatives will continue to represent your interests in this case. At the outset in August 2017, Class Counsel agreed to handle the case on a “contingent” basis and to advance all costs and expenses on behalf of the Plaintiffs and the Class. Class Counsel intend to file a Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses to be paid from the Common Benefit Fund, in an amount not to exceed 5% of the Common Benefit, inclusive of expenses advanced by Class Counsel. Defendants shall have the right to object if they choose. Class Counsel’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses must be approved by the Court. Class Counsel will also ask the Court to approve Class Representative service awards of $2500.00 to recognize the time, energy, and commitment of the Class Representatives during the litigation.
    6. In completing the settlement approval process, Plaintiffs will petition the Court for a Final Order dismissing this case as to the Class Members with prejudice, and any person who remains in the Class and does not request exclusion from the settlement will be bound by it.

    B. If you want to participate in the proposed Settlement on behalf of a deceased Class Member, this is what you must do:


    If you want to participate in the proposed settlement on behalf of a deceased Class Member, the Personal Representative or next of kin of the deceased Class Member must submit the Deceased Class Member Claim Form available here and provide a death certificate, letters of appointment, and/or proof of next of kin status no later than April 5, 2019.


    C. If you want to exclude yourself from the proposed Settlement, this is what you must do:


    If you want to exclude yourself from this proposed Settlement, you must mail or deliver a Request for Exclusion to Class Counsel at the address set forth below. Your Request for Exclusion must contain the following information and must be signed by the Class Member: (1) the full name of the Class Member; (2) the current address of the Class Member; (3) the SCE&G service address and/or account number for which the Class Member is requesting exclusion; (4) reference Lightsey, et al. v. South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, et al., pending before the Court of Common Pleas for Hampton County, Civil Action No. 2017-CP-25-335; and (5) must state in express and clear terms the Class Member’s desire to be excluded from the Settlement and from the Class. Failure to comply with these requirements and to timely submit a proper Request for Exclusion shall result in the Class Member being bound by the terms of the Settlement.

    A Request for Exclusion Form is available here for your convenience. You must mail or deliver your Request for Exclusion to:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

    To be effective, the Request for Exclusion must be completed, signed, and postmarked or delivered no later than March 6, 2019.

    By making this election to be excluded from the proposed Settlement:

    1. You will not share in any recovery that might be paid to the Plaintiffs and the Class Members as a result of the Settlement;
    2. You may not file an objection to the Settlement;
    3. You will not be bound by any determinations or any judgment made in this lawsuit, whether favorable or unfavorable, and you will not be entitled to any relief awarded to the Class under the Settlement or otherwise; and
    4. You may attempt to pursue any claims you have against Defendants at your own risk and expense by filing your own lawsuit.

    D. If you wish to object to any portion of the settlement, this is what you must do:


    If you remain a member of the Class, you have the right to object to the fairness of any aspect of the proposed settlement. If you wish to object, you must both file with the Court and mail to Class Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel a written objection specifically referring to Lightsey, et al. v. South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, et al., pending before the Court of Common Pleas for Hampton County, Civil Action No. 2017-CP-25-335. All objections must include the following information: (1) the full name of the Class Member; (2) the current address of the Class Member(s); (3) the SCE&G service address and/or account number; (4) all specific objections and the reasons in support thereof; and (5) any and all supporting papers. Any Class Member who files an objection must also appear at the Fairness Hearing in person or through counsel to show why the proposed settlement should not be approved as fair, reasonable, just, and adequate.

    If you intend to object through counsel, your attorney must append a list of all prior objections previously filed by such counsel to class action settlements in state and federal courts, and with respect to each, provide (1) the case number; (2) the court where the prior objection was filed; (3) and the outcome of the objection.

    Any Class Member who does not properly file and serve a timely written objection to the settlement shall not be permitted to object to the settlement at the Fairness Hearing and shall be foreclosed from seeking review of the settlement by appeal, collateral attack, or otherwise.

    To file your objection with the Court, you must mail or deliver the original of the written objection to:

    Hampton County Clerk of Court
    P.O. Box 7
    Hampton, SC 29924

    PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COURT.

    You must also mail copies of your written objections to the following Counsel:

    STROM LAW FIRM, LLC
    Re: Lightsey, et al. v. SCE&G, et al.
    2110 Beltline Boulevard
    Columbia, SC 29204
    KING & SPALDING LLP
    Re: Lightsey, et al. v. SCE&G, et al.
    1180 Peachtree St. NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309

    To be effective, the objection must be postmarked or delivered to the Court and Counsel no later than April 29, 2019.

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  21. When was the Final Fairness Hearing?

    The Court held a Final Fairness Hearing to consider the fairness and adequacy of this proposed settlement and to consider Class Counsel’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses on May 14, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., York County Courthouse, Moss Justice Center, 1675 York Highway, York, SC 29745.

    Final Approval for the Settlement was given on June 11, 2019 and the Settlement became Effective on July 12, 2019.

    Release: The proposed settlement is intended to resolve and terminate all claims that were raised or could have been raised by or on behalf of the Class Members as alleged in the Complaint in this matter relating to (1) the constitutionality of the BLRA or any order issued or action taken thereunder; (2) any activity associated with the passage of the BLRA; (3) any activity associated with the decision to begin construction of the Project; (4) any activity associated with construction efforts associated with the Project; (5) any activity associated with the decision to abandon construction efforts associated with the Project; and (6) any activity associated with the disclosures made, or not made, to the Office of Regulatory Staff or the South Carolina Public Service Commission regarding the Project. The proposed Settlement, if finally approved by the Court, will result in the release by each Class Member of all such claims, as more specifically provided in the Settlement Agreement. The claims against Defendants and the State alleged in the Complaint will be dismissed with prejudice as to all Class Members.

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  22. What will it cost me to remain a Class Member?

    You will be represented by Class Counsel if you do not elect to exclude yourself from the proposed settlement. There is no out-of-pocket cost for this representation to any member of the Class regardless of the outcome. Class Counsel agreed to handle the case on a “contingent” basis and to advance all attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses, and costs on behalf of the Plaintiffs and the Class.

    Class Counsel will ask the Court to award them an amount not to exceed 5% of the Common Benefit as reasonable attorneys’ fees for their work and reimbursement of their litigation expenses and costs. Defendants shall have the right to object if they choose. The Court will determine whether attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs will be awarded and, if so, what the amount of the attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs will be.

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  23. What if the address at which I received the Summary Notice is no longer current?

    If your mailing address has changed, or is expected to change in the future, or if you received the Summary Notice at an address other than that listed on the envelope, you should send your new mailing address and the SCE&G service address and/or account number for which you received the Summary Notice to the Claims Administrator to:

    SCEG Rate Payer Settlement
    P.O. Box 3578
    Portland, OR 97208-3578

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  24. What if I am no longer a SCE&G customer?

    For purposes of this proposed Settlement, you are deemed to be a Class Member and entitled to receive benefits under the Settlement if you paid costs associated with the Project as a component of your payment to SCE&G for electricity service at any time prior to November 23, 2018.

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  25. Where can I get more information?

    The descriptions in the Notice you received are only summaries. You may view the Settlement Agreement and other Settlement related documents here. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Claims Administrator by phone at 1-877-432-3808, or by email at info@scegratepayersettlement.com. You may also consult with your own attorney.

    Please do not call the Judge, Clerk, or Court about this website, the Notice or lawsuit.

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