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Still Sensible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-09 02:19 PM
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4. You certainly need to consult an attorney
in your jurisdiction. I would be shocked if in most places a speaker phone is legally considered an eavesdropping device or, even if it is, that the courts and district attorneys are very keen on prosecuting something that has become as commonplace as that.

Personally, I would be thrilled that I got a new meter that appears to be accurately reflecting my water usage. You already know how the city would respond (if there was a problem with the meter it was erring in the other direction). Realistically, if I am the city I would have already destroyed the old meter so even if you filed something and thus, created a legal a right to independently test the meter, it may already be too late.

Another possibility: Is there a consumer advocate on one or more of your local television stations? Especially if you can back up your claims with a little evidence, the city government certainly wouldn't want the bad publicity. If it comes down to your word against theirs without corroborative evidence the TV ombudsman won't be willing to step in.

Good Luck.
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  -Please Advise. JFN1  Feb-19-09 01:54 PM   #0 
  - I can't advise you because you might find yourself in  babylonsister   Feb-19-09 02:00 PM   #1 
  - Brittani is doing absolutely fantastic, thank you for asking!  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:32 PM   #6 
  - Screw that! Turn them in! Let the chips fall where they may.  damntexdem   Feb-19-09 03:06 PM   #19 
  - How much money is involved here?  MineralMan   Feb-19-09 02:03 PM   #2 
  - We figure we've been overcharged about $560  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:30 PM   #5 
     - Well, there would definitely be attorney's fees that would  MineralMan   Feb-19-09 03:34 PM   #24 
  - My problems had to do with divorce law, but I advise a huge dose of caution.  qb   Feb-19-09 02:12 PM   #3 
  - yeah, that's the thing  renate   Feb-19-09 03:58 PM   #31 
  - You certainly need to consult an attorney  Still Sensible   Feb-19-09 02:19 PM   #4 
  - It's Illinois State law  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:38 PM   #8 
  - FWIW, MANY people in Atlanta have been having BIG problems with the city overbilling  napi21   Feb-19-09 02:34 PM   #7 
  - I have learned not to fight city hall, just hope that they leave you alone--  TwilightGardener   Feb-19-09 02:42 PM   #9 
  - If they do come after us  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:49 PM   #10 
     - I can't tell you what to do--you have to first deeply examine your own  TwilightGardener   Feb-19-09 03:08 PM   #20 
        - Well, my husband always says  JFN1   Feb-19-09 03:21 PM   #23 
           - Have you thought of bringing this up at a city council meeting first?  TwilightGardener   Feb-19-09 03:36 PM   #25 
              - Excellent advice, thank you.  JFN1   Feb-19-09 04:39 PM   #33 
              - Does your local paper cover the council meetings?  janet118   Feb-19-09 04:55 PM   #39 
                 - They do cover the meetings  JFN1   Feb-19-09 05:00 PM   #41 
  - My one major piece of advice is get the heck out of shittyville.  The Hope Mobile   Feb-19-09 02:49 PM   #11 
  - Oh, if I only could...  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:53 PM   #13 
     - I've lived in Shittyville, Michigan and it sucks sometimes.  The Hope Mobile   Feb-19-09 09:40 PM   #53 
  - My advice  alcibiades_mystery   Feb-19-09 02:52 PM   #12 
  - But rabblerousing is such fun  JFN1   Feb-19-09 02:54 PM   #14 
  - I'd go underground.  roody   Feb-19-09 02:56 PM   #15 
  - Sad this is so true in America  JFN1   Feb-19-09 03:00 PM   #16 
     - I changed my message---sorry.  roody   Feb-19-09 03:11 PM   #21 
  - The key words are "eavesdropping device"  Venceremos   Feb-19-09 03:01 PM   #17 
  - There's a lawyer in Illinois who agrees with you  JFN1   Feb-19-09 03:04 PM   #18 
     - I was an Illinois paralegal  Venceremos   Feb-19-09 03:52 PM   #28 
  - Pursue at your own peril.  SmileyRose   Feb-19-09 03:16 PM   #22 
  - Call your local newspaper and ask to speak with someone at the city/local news desk.  Shakespeare   Feb-19-09 03:38 PM   #26 
  - Has anyone tested the pipes from your property to the street?  EFerrari   Feb-19-09 03:43 PM   #27 
  - We had them inspected when we bought the house  JFN1   Feb-19-09 05:05 PM   #43 
     - I'm afraid you need a lawyer. I can't think of who else could help you  EFerrari   Feb-19-09 05:10 PM   #44 
        - I know...damned if I do...  JFN1   Feb-19-09 05:15 PM   #45 
           - Maybe taking some time to look and listen to see what happens  EFerrari   Feb-19-09 05:17 PM   #46 
  - Choose your battles wisely.  ipfilter   Feb-19-09 03:54 PM   #29 
  - You can't build a decent high school for only $4 million  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-19-09 03:58 PM   #30 
  - We're a small rural area  JFN1   Feb-19-09 04:36 PM   #32 
     - $57 million is ridiculous  proud2BlibKansan   Feb-19-09 05:21 PM   #48 
  - avoid litigation and surgery if at all possible  UpInArms   Feb-19-09 04:42 PM   #34 
  - I'd let it go.  crispini   Feb-19-09 04:47 PM   #35 
  - Because we let it go for eight years with Bush  JFN1   Feb-19-09 04:54 PM   #37 
     - Dude, you have to live in this small town with these people.  crispini   Feb-19-09 06:24 PM   #51 
        - I feel I did start with honey  JFN1   Feb-20-09 12:23 AM   #57 
  - my opinion, and why  Soylent Brice   Feb-19-09 04:53 PM   #36 
  - My Advice:  Truth2Tell   Feb-19-09 04:55 PM   #38 
  - Funny you should mention that  JFN1   Feb-19-09 04:59 PM   #40 
     - Yep, there is something stinky here.  Truth2Tell   Feb-19-09 05:01 PM   #42 
  - Have you discussed any of this with your neighbors?  ColbertWatcher   Feb-19-09 05:21 PM   #47 
  - I hardly ever see them, so, no...  JFN1   Feb-19-09 05:39 PM   #49 
     - Safety in numbers I always say.  ColbertWatcher   Feb-19-09 06:46 PM   #52 
  - I understand the impulse to fight it...  rosesaylavee   Feb-19-09 06:21 PM   #50 
  - "Jake, it's Chinatown (Illinois), let it go".  Greyhound   Feb-19-09 09:51 PM   #54 
  - You're in a very small town... but please make sure your own backyard is spotless,  ecstatic   Feb-19-09 09:51 PM   #55 
     - H20 meter  ffr   Feb-19-09 11:43 PM   #56 

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