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Natural-gas firm fined for its sales practices | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 18 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 5, 2010, titled Natural-gas firm fined for its sales practices | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Just Energy will pay a $111,000 fine and change its sales practices as part of a settlement with state officials that will allow the natural-gas supplier to continue to operate here.

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Paul

Jackson, OH

#1 Nov 5, 2010
Bad , bad , bad ..........you must not do that again or daddy will get angry.
Excuse me .......... how about this ..... they supply 12 months of free gas
to customers they lied to, miss lead , cheated .
Why should the State get a money settlement out of this ? They didn't
lose anything ?
Turn off the spicket

Roy, WA

#2 Nov 5, 2010
They passed gas on this one--caught with their pants down. Stinking up

the place. Lap dog PUCO slaps them on the wrist with a small fine while

they'll continue to ream their customers. I'll pass on them...crap has no

place here.

Pooper-on-Dem

Since: Jul 10

Columbus, OH

#3 Nov 5, 2010
Send the senior management of this supplier to the gas chamber. They can die by their own gas.
Lolita Shih Tzu

Westerville, OH

#4 Nov 5, 2010
Stinky people, stinky practices, stinky company!!

You guys, STINK!!!
Mickey

United States

#5 Nov 5, 2010
Easiest solution is to yell and scream that they are a bunch of crooks when they knock at your door and then tell them to go sell gas in Canada along with their corrupr managers, since you will not deal with them.
Cheech at the door

Chillicothe, OH

#6 Nov 5, 2010
The way I handled these grifters was to say that I was just going to wait until someone came along and gave me free gas. They said "Right On!" and left me alone.
Ohio Patriot

Galion, OH

#7 Nov 5, 2010
Considering the size of this company, the fine is just a minor slap on the wrist - just a cost of doing (corrupt) business. Is this the best our corporate coddling state government can do?
Electric tin men

Raleigh, NC

#8 Nov 5, 2010
Ohio Patriot wrote:
Considering the size of this company, the fine is just a minor slap on the wrist - just a cost of doing (corrupt) business. Is this the best our corporate coddling state government can do?
Yes indeed, a very humorous 'pat' on the butt, punishment wise. I call it soft business 'porn'; and hardly the price (cost?) it should truly be, for screwing unsophisticated (the poor, working class, uneducated) consumers in the name of profit oriented US energy system deregulation (circa 1998). THATS what you can thank your political reps (govt.)for. Only- in America- land of the quintessential open season sales gimmick- where life is good, and the next faux millionaire is about as slimy as the government that provides them the free ticket.
Mike

Columbus, OH

#9 Nov 5, 2010
A slap on the wrist. Our *regulatory* agencies have every incentive to collect fines while continuing to let bad players operate in the market. These clowns should have been kicked back to Canada.
ohio jim

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 5, 2010
I've met a couple of guys with this company up close and personal. If I had to describe them in a word. it would be "shady".
james

Huntington, WV

#11 Nov 5, 2010
Yet another of the former republican Gov proud moments comes into frution thanks to his "deregulation" push of big energy back in the 90's.

GO GOP!
Sarah

Ada, OH

#12 Nov 5, 2010
They have came to my door many many times. In one week they were at my house 3 times. Each time they were told to leave, one even tried to hold the door open so I couldn't shut it. I warned each of them (even the less intrusive ones) that I will be alerting the police, since my town has a no solicitation ordinance on the books. I was told that they were not soliciting, they worked for the gas company and had a right to go door to door.
Trust me, Columbia Gas had no record of these guys working for them, they pull out all stops to try to sign you into these contracts. I fear more for the elderly (such as my neighbor) who would be less likely to call their bluff.
Tea Party Member

Hilliard, OH

#13 Nov 5, 2010
Free Trade. I don't want ant regulations. I trust Big Biz. They never lie, cheat or steal. Don't inspect my meat. Don't inspect our bridges. Who needs regulations?
Concerned Citizen

Grove City, OH

#14 Nov 5, 2010
As usual, the PUCO merely gave a minor slap on the wrist to those crooks, Just Energy. The latter company should have been prohibited from permanently doing business in Ohio. Secondly, the monopoly utilities are not that above board, neither. For example, AEP is too cheap and lazy to send meter readers out every month; hence, every few months, they "estimate" the amount of electric usage, which is usually far more than the customer actually uses. The PUCO knows about this despicable practice of AEP, but lets them get away with it.
cld

Columbus, OH

#15 Nov 5, 2010
Concerned Citizen wrote:
As usual, the PUCO merely gave a minor slap on the wrist to those crooks, Just Energy. The latter company should have been prohibited from permanently doing business in Ohio. Secondly, the monopoly utilities are not that above board, neither. For example, AEP is too cheap and lazy to send meter readers out every month; hence, every few months, they "estimate" the amount of electric usage, which is usually far more than the customer actually uses. The PUCO knows about this despicable practice of AEP, but lets them get away with it.
Agree with you AEP is corrupt!
Workhorse

Mansfield, OH

#16 Nov 5, 2010
I take natural gas payments in my business. None of the Choice Programs have a better price than Columbia Gas.It did not surprise me to see Just Energy get caught ripping people off. They were charging .89 cent per ccf before added charges and Columbia Gas has a rate of .50 cent per ccf.
Paul

Columbus, OH

#17 Nov 5, 2010
Excellent story! Just Energy came to my apartment complex and claimed that they were not another company providing the gas. After asking at least twice if they were representing a company other than Columbia, and after reading the fine print in the contract, I was compelled to ask them to leave, all to the sales reps displeasure. The representative spoke rapidly, in vague terms, and was very pushy to try and get me signed with them. I can see why others felt complelled to bring this type of behavior to light.
Willy

Columbus, OH

#18 Nov 10, 2010
Concerned Citizen wrote:
As usual, the PUCO merely gave a minor slap on the wrist to those crooks, Just Energy. The latter company should have been prohibited from permanently doing business in Ohio. Secondly, the monopoly utilities are not that above board, neither. For example, AEP is too cheap and lazy to send meter readers out every month; hence, every few months, they "estimate" the amount of electric usage, which is usually far more than the customer actually uses. The PUCO knows about this despicable practice of AEP, but lets them get away with it.
And you know why PUCO and OCC let them get away with such small slaps in the wrist punishments? Their agency budgets are paid by these companies - AEP, Just Energy, FirstEnergy, Columbia Gas, etc etc... even though these companies charge us consumers separately in the bill to pay for PUCO and OCC budgets. It is definitely the tax payers dollars that go to these agencis but they go through these utility companies. Hence PUCO and OCC (especially OCC since they are the lobbyist and they are the ones charges with taking care of the consumers) will increase charge and lessen the fee and fines like these for utility companies since they will, in turn,'take care' of these two agencies. Why will they (PUCO and OCC) punish the utility companies jeopardizing their jobs and budgets? Simply put, it is the attitude of "YOU SCRATCH MY BACK AND I WILL SCRATCH YOURS'. The consumers is always the loser with these two agencies.

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