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 opt out of the Class.

    The Class is defined as:

    All Santee Cooper residential, commercial, industrial, and other customers, both direct and indirect, who paid utility bills that included rates calculated, in part, to pay pre-construction, capital, in-service, construction, interest, and other pre-operational costs associated with the V.C. Summer Nuclear Reactor Unit 2 and 3 Project from January 1, 2007, through January 31, 2020.
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  2. Why didn't I receive a settlement check?

    If you are not a Class Member (defined in FAQ #1), if you opted out of the Class, or if you are a Class Member entitled to a bill credit, then you will not receive a settlement check.

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

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

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  3. When will I receive my bill credit?

    If you currently have an active account with Santee Cooper or one of twenty specific electrical cooperatives and your total award amount is less than $25, then you will receive a bill credit. Santee Cooper and the electrical cooperatives 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:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    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.

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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:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    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.

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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. 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:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    If you cannot return 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.

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  8. 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:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    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.

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  9. 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 receive a check on behalf of a deceased or incapacitated 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. Provide a copy of the death certificate; and
    2. 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.

    Please return the original check and the above-described legal documents to the Settlement Administrator at:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    Be sure to include a signed, written request asking that a replacement check be issued and mailed to you in your name.

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  10. Can I negotiate a higher settlement award amount?

    No, all Settlement Award amounts are final.

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  11. How do I get out of the Settlement and receive no benefits?

    The deadline to Exclude yourself (‘Opt Out’) from the Settlement was June 15, 2020.

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  12. What benefits will I receive from the Settlement?

    If you are a member of the Class and participate in the Settlement:

    1. You will be entitled to receive the benefits provided by the Settlement.
    2. Pursuant to the Settlement, Defendants will provide benefits to the Class consisting of cash and prospective rate relief. SCE&G and Santee Cooper will provide a five hundred twenty million dollar ($520,000,000.00) fund (the “Common Benefit Fund”) as follows: (a) SCE&G will transfer to, or cause to be issued to, the Escrow Agent a number of shares of Dominion Energy, Inc. common stock, without par value, equal to $320 million divided by the average daily adjusted closing price over the five trading days immediately preceding the transfer or issuance of the shares, and the Escrow Agent will sell the shares; and (b) Santee Cooper will pay two hundred million dollars ($200,000,000.00) to the Common Benefit Fund in three (3) annual installments beginning in 2020, payable in the third quarter of each year, in the amounts of sixty-five million dollars ($65,000,000.00), sixty-five million dollars ($65,000,000.00), and seventy million dollars ($70,000,000.00). Santee Cooper will also provide a rate freeze consistent with the rates projected in the Reform Plan submitted to the South Carolina General Assembly beginning in 2020 and extending through the end of 2024, with limited exceptions set forth in the Settlement Agreement here.
    3. The Common Benefit Fund will be distributed to Class Members that did not opt out of the Settlement, on a pro rata plan approved by the Court. Payment from the Common Benefit Fund will be made proportionately to Class Members in two distributions after deducting (1) attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses approved by the Court; (2) certain administrative and tax expenses; (3) service awards to the Class Representatives and Named Plaintiffs 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.
      1. Class Members who are current customers of Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative and whose total award is less than $25.00 will receive payment in the form of a bill credit.
      2. Class Members who are current customers of Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative and whose payment is at least $25.00 will receive payment in the form of a check to the address on file with Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative (or to any better address that can be found or you may provide).
      3. Class Members who are former customers of Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative will receive payment in the form of a check to the address on file with Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative (or to any better address that can be found or you may provide).
    4. Class Members who are current Santee Cooper or electric cooperative customers will also receive prospective rate relief as set forth above. This or other rate relief may also be mandated by the South Carolina General Assembly.
    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 filed a motion for attorneys’ fees to be paid from the Common Benefit Fund in an amount not to exceed 15% of the five hundred twenty million dollar ($520,000,000.00) Common Benefit Fund, and for expenses advanced by Class Counsel to be paid from the Common Benefit Fund in the amount $1,543,893.08. The Court granted this motion.
    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 did not request exclusion from the settlement will be bound by it.
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  13. If I timely excluded myself from the Settlement, can I still receive a payment?

    No. You will not get a payment if you timely excluded yourself from the Settlement.

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  14. How do I tell the Court that I don’t like the Settlement?

    The Deadline to Object to the Settlement was July 1, 2020.

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  15. 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 your Santee Cooper or electric cooperative service address and/or account number for which you received the Summary Notice to the Claims Administrator at:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

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  16. What if I am no longer a Santee Cooper or electric cooperative customer?

    For purposes of this 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 Santee Cooper or an electric cooperative for electricity service at any time from January 1, 2007 through January 31, 2020.

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  17. Who are counsels for the Class?

    The Court appointed Speights & Solomons, LLC, McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC, McCullough Khan, LLC, Strom Law Firm, LLC, Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, Galvin Law Group, LLC, Savage Royall & Sheheen, L.L.P., and Bell Legal Group, LLC as Class Counsel.

    The addresses for Class Counsel are as follows:

    Class Counsel
    SPEIGHTS & SOLOMONS, LLC
    100 Oak Street
    Hampton, SC 29924
    STROM LAW FIRM, LLC
    2110 Beltline Boulevard
    Columbia, SC 29204
    SAVAGE ROYALL & SHEHEEN, L.L.P.
    P. O. Drawer 10
    Camden, SC 29021
    McGOWAN, HOOD & FELDER, LLC
    321 Wingo Way
    Suite 103
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    RICHARDSON, PATRICK, WESTBROOK & BRICKMAN, LLC
    P. O. Box 1368
    1730 Jackson Street
    Barnwell, SC 29812
    BELL LEGAL GROUP, LLC
    219 Ridge Street
    Georgetown, SC 29440
    McCULLOUGH KHAN, LLC
    359 King St #200
    Charleston, SC 29401
    GALVIN LAW GROUP, LLC
    P. O. Box 887
    Bluffton, SC 29910
     
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  18. Where can I get more information?

    This website summarizes the Settlement. More details can be found in the Settlement Agreement and other Important Documents Here, or by writing to:

    Cook v. SCPSA
    Class Action Administrator
    P.O. Box 3127
    Portland, OR 97208-3127

    You may also call 1-833-947-0894, or consult with your own attorney.

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