A federal judge in Connecticut has preliminarily approved a $18.5 million class action settlement involving claims that Viridian Energy overcharged customers.

The preliminary approval from U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill on Friday covers two classes who claimed the Norwalk-based energy company misled customers about its variable rate plans. Class members alleged Viridian enticed them to shift their electric service with promises of meaningful savings that never materialized.

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