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About 300 moviegoers gathered at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak, MI this evening for a showing of Josh del Sol’s smart meter film titled ‘Take Back Your Power’. The film was very well received and was free of charge. This was made possible courtesy of organizer/backer Andrea McNinch who also arranged to fly in film producer Josh del Sol.

Following the film many stayed for a 2-hour meeting that had been billed as a question and answer session with the film producer. But as it turned out Josh turned the meeting over to another speaker, not an attorney, who outlined a very unconventional legal theory for keeping a smart meter off the home.

We understand there is to be a meeting on December 11th for those wishing to sign personal documents to apply this legal theory to their own struggle to keep a smart meter off their home..

Michigan Stop Smart Meters can readily understand the appeal of such an approach, particularly with its biblical overtones, but we are not prepared to endorse this method at this time. We have not seen or heard any evidence demonstrating that the approach ever worked in an actual courtroom.

 

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About 200 people showed up for the December 2nd, 2014 smart meter hearing before the Michigan House Oversight Committee chaired by Tom McMillin.  72 of these filled out cards to speak.  Everyone who spoke, except for the corporate people and MPSC people, was against the new

Laurie Eboff-Milford meters. At least 45 submitted written evidence for the record that may be viewed by the public (see below).

Rep McMillin asked very astute and probing questions when the representatives of DTE, Consumers and MPSC were making their statements. The hearing did not get under way until 5:30 but continued to nearly 10 pm.

Earlier in the day there had been large demonstrations on the Capitol steps and many had participated in having the Sergeant-At-Arms call out their elected representative from the Senate and

Demonstration at state capitolHouse sessions to discuss with them the smart meter issues. Many who participated earlier were not able to attend the hearing due to the late starting time. The total number participating in the day’s events may well have reached 300.

A preliminary transcript of the hearing should be posted on the Committee’s web page soon. Those of us who participated believe this hearing will serve as a catalyst to get a smart meter bill passed in the next legislative session.

Bloomfield Twp Supervisor and Kathy

A  video (youtube) of the entire hearing can be seen now by following the two links below.

Click here for Part 1 (2 hours)

Click here for Part 2 (2 hours)

For your convenience, near the end of Part 1 a link appears on screen that will load Part 2.

NEW: Click here to access the written evidence submitted

The above link will take you to the Oversight Committee page, where you scroll down to where there is a box that says “Testimony” and “Select One”. Clicking on the down arrow next to “Select One” will display a drop down list of all the people that submitted evidence (with the exception of a few folks who submitted evidence that was too massive to scan).  Clicking on a name from this list will display that person’s submitted evidence.

Note also there is a box with a drop down list where you can select and view the minutes for any meeting of this Committee.  At this time, however, only the proposed  minutes of a very short meeting that happened earlier in the day on December 2nd are up for viewing.  We are hopeful that the proposed minutes of the much longer smart meter hearing will be up within the next few days.

 

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DON’T MISS THIS!!!

Tuesday,
December 2nd, 2014.

Smart Meter Hearing before the House Oversight Committee. Other events planned for earlier in the day.

If you can attend only the hearing come at 3 pm to Room 519 in the Anderson House Office Buildingat 124 North Capitol Avenue (across the street from the Capitol Building). Come to speak or come just to show your support! This will be an opportunity for all of us who have concerns about smart electric meters to come and have our say before a legislative committee.

It is also an opportunity to submit evidence or documents for consideration by the Committee.  Be sure to bring 30 copies of anything you plan to submit. Your presence at the hearing will help to show the legislators that there is strong support for our positions.  If possible wear something red (or wear a red ribbon that will be available at the door).  This hearing will be videotaped and may be up on the Committee website later.

This Committee is chaired by Rep Tom McMillin. It can only begin its hearing after the House session (across the street) ends. So actual starting time could be anywhere from 3 pm to 5 pm.  Upon arrival, check in with guard.  If the hearing room is not yet open when you arrive, congregate with others in the lobby on the main floor until the room opens. It is most important that we have as many as possible – particularly during the first hour of the hearing when news media will be present.

Tom has assured us that this hearing will run as long as necessary to give every person a chance to speak for the record!  Hearing may run late into the evening.

We particularly want your testimony on the record if you have been made ill by a smart meter, can no longer sleep in your own bed, had your power shutoff or been threatened with shutoff of your power for refusing to take a smart meter. Your input also needed if you have sought redress for any of these grievances from the Public Service Commission and been denied their help! The Chairman of the Public Service Commission has been invited as have representatives from DTE and Consumers Energy. We are hopeful that large numbers of you will come and make your voices heard!  If you have doctor’s letters or other written evidence you want submitted to the record, please be sure to bring 15 copies 30 copies for submission to the Committee.

The Purpose of this Hearing: Everyone should understand that the McMillin smart meter bill is still stuck in the House Energy Committee and will almost certainly die at the end of the year. This hearing, on the other hand, will be about establishing a record of evidence concerning the smart meter issues and the failure of the Public Service Commission in addressing those issues.  It has at least the possibility of leading to bills to be introduced in the next session of the legislature beginning in January. It is also a good opportunity for us to get our concerns reported by the press.

Official Things To Bring (30 copies of each for Committee):
Doctor’s letters
DTE shut off notices or threatening notices
Records of calls or threatening phone calls
Records of encounters with DTE
Anything you have to tell your story or substantiate your claims
Letters or literature for house representative and senators

Other Activities Planned for That Day: If you are planning on coming for the hearing you may also want to come earlier in the day and join us for other protest activity planned by Pam Wallace and Dee Hilbert.  If you come at noon that day you can join us for a demonstration in front of the Capitol building.  The Capitol building is at 110 South Capitol Avenue (at the corner of Capitol Ave and Michigan Ave) Please bring a sign and wear warm clothing. In the morning some of us will be in the Senate lobby having our Senator called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk with us about smart meter legislation.  In the early afternoon some of us will be in the House lobby having our Representative called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk about smart meters.

RSVP: Please help Pam and Dee by sending an RSVP to them to let them know you will be attending the event/hearing, if you plan to testify and how many people you plan to have with you.- thank you. pamandandy22@yahoo.com or kipdee@wowway.com

If you plan to join us for the full day of activities please be sure to bring water, food and a snack. Tom has arranged for us to have Room 426 in the Capitol building to gather during the day. The room will allow us to rest, warm up and visit during our time at the Capitol. Here is the schedule for those who will be with us all day:

9:30:  meet in Lansing at the state capital. Check in with guard who will direct you to Room 426 reserved for us by Rep Tom McMillin.
10:00: smart meter rally at the state capital with themed signs and information to pass out to senators as they enter the capital for session.
10:00-12:15: pull out your senator from session to share your concerns about smart meters and request help and protective legislation.
12:15 meet at Room 426 in Capitol building.
12:30: smart meter rally at the state capital with themed signs and information to pass out to our state representatives as they enter the capital for session.
12:30-3:00: pull out your state representative from session to share your concerns about smart meters and request help and protective legislation.
3:00/4:45 and on: smart meter hearing will be held at the Anderson House office building (directly across from the capital) in Room 519. The hearing will begin right after the house session and the start time will range anytime from 3:00-4:45.
If you plan to take part in these activities all day it will be important to bring water, food and a snack.  Also bring a sign to carry for our outdoor demonstrations.
Themes And Messages
Our themes for our rally signs and for our talks with legislators are:
I Am Sick Because Of My Smart Meter
Smart Meters Are Making People Sick
Smart Meters Cause Fires
Oregon, Washington, Maine and Vermont Have Analog Opt- Outs- Michigan Wants An Analog Opt-Out Too!
I Am Living Without Power-DTE Shut My Power Off
DTE Is Threatening To Shut Off My Power
I Had To Leave My Home Due To A Smart Meter
What Are You Going To Do To Help Us?
When Are You Going To Help Us?
Smart Meters Are An Invasion Of Privacy
The World Heath Organization Has Classified Smart Meter Radiation As a Type 2 Carcinogen. They Are Not Safe.

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Directions to Capitol from Detroit area:  Take I 96 to I 496 West, then exit 7A service drive to right turn on Grand Ave (headed north 1-way) to left turn on Ottawa (headed west 1-way) to left turn on Walnut Street (headed south) to left turn on Allegan Street (headed east 1-way) to parking structure on Allegan street. You will be right next to Capitol and 1 block from the Anderson House Office Building.

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November 15th, 2014 – Finally, a committee of the Michigan legislature will hear our smart meter protests!  On Tuesday December 2nd the General Oversight Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives will listen to our grievances concerning DTE and Consumers smart meters and how we have been treated when we sought help for these concerns from the Michigan Public Service Commission. Come and plan to speak for 3-5 minutes before the Committee, chaired by Tom McMillin.  The hearing will take place in the Anderson House Office Building at 124 North Capitol Avenue (directly across the street from the Capitol building).  Ask the guard in the lobby to direct you to the appropriate floor and room number for the House Oversight Committee meeting. The hearing will begin sometime between 3 pm and 4:45 pm, depending on when the legislative session ends.  Tom has assured us that this hearing will run as long as necessary to give every person a chance to speak for the record!  Hearing may run late into the evening.

We particularly want your testimony on the record if you have been made ill by a smart meter, can no longer sleep in your own bed, had your power shutoff or been threatened with shutoff of your power for refusing to take a smart meter. Your input also needed if you have sought redress for any of these grievances from the Public Service Commission and been denied their help! The Chairman of the Public Service Commission has been invited as have representatives from DTE and Consumers Energy. We are hopeful that large numbers of you will come and make your voices heard!  If you have doctor’s letters or other written evidence you want submitted to the record, please be sure to bring 15 copies 30 copies for submission to the Committee.

The Purpose of this Hearing: Everyone should understand that the McMillin smart meter bill is still stuck in the House Energy Committee and will almost certainly die at the end of the year. This hearing, on the other hand, will be about establishing a record of evidence concerning the smart meter issues and the failure of the Public Service Commission in addressing those issues.  It has at least the possibility of leading to bills to be introduced in the next session of the legislature beginning in January. It is also a good opportunity for us to get our concerns reported by the press.

Other Activities Planned for That Day: If you are planning on coming for the hearing you may also want to come earlier in the day and join us for other protest activity planned by Pam Wallace and Dee Hilbert.  If you come at noon that day you can join us for a demonstration in front of the Capitol building.  The Capitol building is at 110 South Capitol Avenue (at the corner of Capitol Ave and Michigan Ave) Please bring a sign and wear warm clothing. In the morning some of us will be in the Senate lobby having our Senator called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk with us about smart meter legislation.  In the early afternoon some of us will be in the House lobby having our Representative called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk about smart meters. If you plan to join us for the full day of activities please be sure to bring water, food and a snack. Tom is arranging for us to have a room in the Capitol building to gather during the day. The room will allow us to rest, warm up and visit during our time at the Capitol.

Here are some themes that should be stressed in conversations with legislators or on signs:

I Am Sick Because Of My Smart Meter
Smart Meters Are Making People Sick
My House Started On Fire Due To A Smart Meter
Smart Meters Cause Fires
Oregon, Washington, Maine and Vermont Have Analog Opt- Outs- 
      Michigan Wants An Analog Opt-Out Too!
I Am Living Without Power-DTE Shut My Power Off
DTE Is Threatening To Shut Off My Power
I Had To Leave My Home Due To A Smart Meter
What Are You Going To Do To Help Us?
When Are You Going To Help Us?
Smart Meters Are An Invasion Of Privacy
The World Heath Organization Has Classified
Smart Meter Radiation As a Type 2 Carcinogen. They Are Not Safe
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RSVP: Please help Pam and Dee by sending an RSVP to them to let them know you will be attending the event/hearing, if you plan to testify and how many people you plan to have with you.- thank you. pamandandy22@yahoo.com or kipdee@wowway.com

Car Pooling: Since there is but a short time to organize this event, it would be most helpful if you could provide your own transportation and/or make arrangements to carpool with others who are attending. We know for some this can be difficult and we do not want transportation to hold you back from attending this event. If transportation is a problem for you, please contact Pam or Dee and they will do their best to arrange transportation for you. pamandandy22@yahoo.com or kipdee@wowway.com

 

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July 15th, 2015 Update: The outrageous decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals in the Stenman case (discussed elsewhere on this site in detail) means that, at least until that decision is successfully appealed, or the legislature passes a new law, the law regards the “smart meter” as a lawful meter and the utility customer can have his or her electrical power shut off for refusal to permit its installation, or for resorting to self help in removing a smart meter already installed. It is still possible to challenge the applicability of this law to your self under some conditions. Bear in mind this will not be an easy course. You will be regarded initially as having at least violated the terms on which customers can have electrical service. If you removed a smart meter you may also be accused of “meter tampering.” Either way your power will likely be shut off. You will then have the choice of either giving in to a smart meter installation or the burden of suing the utility to get your power restored. You will then likely be required by a trial court  to either prove that you suffered actual (not hypothetical) damage from either a privacy invasion or from the health effects of a smart meter. These are not things that many customers will be in any position to prove or that any customer should have to prove If you cannot make these proofs your only chance will be to appeal your case all the way up to the Michigan Supreme Court and try to get the doctrine laid down in the Stenman case reversed. In the meanwhile we continue to work for legislation that would reform all this.

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 First we must acknowledge that DTE or Consumers ‘smart’ electrical meters, and the question of whether they may be refused or removed by the customer, present a novel situation for which there is no clear or simple answer that may be found in a statute or in the workings of the courts to date. So far there have been 2 test cases of this very issue in the Oakland County Circuit Court. One judge ruled against DTE. The other judge ruled for DTE. Both cases are now on hold pending appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals. However there are some controlling legal principles that can give us a pretty good idea how the courts will eventually rule.

1) The common law right of any private property owner (residence or business) to control access to his property and to bring a civil tort action for trespass against anyone entering property or taking actions while on the property without permission. This right applies except to the extent the property owner has given an easement or right of access to a utility. But utilities such as DTE or Consumers must be acting within the terms of their easement in order to be exempt from a trespass action.

2) The right of access all Michigan utility customers give utilities, as a condition of receiving electrical service, the right to install a “meter”, to read that “meter” and to inspect it, repair it or replace it as the utility deems necessary. The utility installs a “meter”, which remains the property of the utility, that plugs into the customer’s meter socket. There is a regulation of the Michigan Public Utilities Commission (MPSC) that a customer must give this right of access as a condition for receiving electrical service. There is also an MPSC regulation that permits a utility to shutoff power if denied this access.

3) The word “meter” has a precise legal meaning – both in state law and in the regulations of the MPSC. Both the law and the regulations mentioned above define an electric meter as “a device that measures the integral of the electric power consumed over a time interval (kilowatt hours)”. A utility, therefore, cannot honestly claim that it is merely exercising the rights of access that are a condition for receiving service when it is installing a device which goes way outside the definition established by law. The lawful definition of meter does not include a radio-transmitting device or a surveillance device or a device by which a utility may remotely turn off power to a home or business. A utility is likewise not exercising the rights provided to it by MPSC regulations when it installs in your meter socket a device which actually is a relay station by which the utility can monitor individual appliances within a home or send commands to turn off those individual appliances.

4) The “smart meter” device DTEand Consumers Energy are installing on millions of homes and businesses does not meet the definition of meter. Accordingly we believe that DTE and Consumers Energy do not have a right of access to install such a device on a private home or business. For it to do so without explicit approval from property owners constitutes trespass and we believe could be subject to a civil lawsuit seeking money damages and/or an injunction to prohibit the illegal conduct.

5) The statute that created the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) charged that commission with the responsibility to assure safe delivery of electric power to the public. In the face of enormous evidence from scientists all over the world that smart meters damage the health of the public, the MPSC has so far refused to exercise its responsibility to conduct hearings and take evidence concerning these health complaints.

6) There is also a felony surveillance law passed by the legislature that prohibits the attaching of a “surveillance device” to any home without the homeowner’s knowledge and consent. The term “surveillance” is very broadly defined so that it would clearly encompass tracking detailed electrical activities within the home. There is no exception in this law that would exclude utilities from its scope. The National Institute of Science and Technology has issued a privacy report in which it has labeled smart meters as surveillance devices. The head of the CIA has publicly stated that the government will use smart meters to spy on people. Yet we see no example of any prosecutor bringing felony charges against DTE or its employees for doing precisely what the law forbids.

7) In order for DTE to be able to make the ‘smart’ meter device a condition of service, they would need the MPSC to revise existing regulations that specify what the conditions of service are. The MPSC would have to expand the definition of ‘meter’ so as to encompass the functions of a smart meter. Revising these regulations necessarily must follow the Administrative Procedure Act of 1969, which in turn gives a joint committee of the State House and Senate the power to veto any proposed regulation. The MPSC has not made any effort to get such revised regulations on the books. Instead it has taken the illegal course of declaring that it “will not interfere with a utility’s business practices”, in direct violation of its own charter.

8) In order for DTE to make the ‘smart’ meter device a condition of service, they would also need to persuade the legislature to modify the existing felony surveillance law so that it does not apply to utilities. And they would need to persuade the legislature that there is no need for the MPSC to conduct any hearings on the health issues of the new meters.

9) Even if the MPSC were to change both the surveillance law and the definition of ‘meter’ (with the acquiescence of the joint legislative committee) the new definition would be subject to challenge on Fourth Amendment grounds. Recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court make it clear that if a government agent were to attach a ‘smart’ meter to a private home without consent and without a valid search warrant, the high court would view that as a Fourth Amendment violation. In order to apply the Fourth Amendment to the actions of a privately owned utility we must show that the utility is a “state actor” because its actions, specifically with regard to smart meters, are being orchestrated by both the federal and state governments, both of whom will have access to the data these meters collect. Federal and state governments are effectively doing an end run around the warrant requirement of the Amendment by having a private monopoly utility do their dirty work.

10) A regulated public utility in Michigan may not arbitrarily deny service to a customer, except for cause recognized in duly promulgated regulations of the MPSC. Where the utility cuts off power to a customer solely for refusal to accept a “smart meter”, the utility has become an outlaw because the regulations do not empower it to make a smart meter a condition of service. In this situation the customer would have a civil lawsuit for “denial of service” and could seek as damages whatever costs have been sustained by the failure of the utility to provide service as required by law. The customer could also seek a court injunction commanding the utility to restore service.

11) When a utility seeks to force upon its customers installation of a device to be attached to their homes and businesses that is NOT a “meter” as that term is defined in law, and which IS a ‘surveillance device” as that term is defined in law, the utility has violated the terms of service which was laid down by state law and by the MPSC through its duly promulgated regulations. The utility has become an outlaw. The question then becomes this: If the utility will not obey the terms of service established by lawful process, and the agency charged with regulating them will not enforce those terms of service, and prosecutors will not prosecute under the state’s felony surveillance law, what options then remain to the utility customer?

(a) Seek redress by filing a civil suit seeking an injunction to prohibit the illegal conduct complained of.

(b) Defend his or her home in the meanwhile by revoking the utility’s free access to replace the existing analog meter.

(c) In the case where an illegal device has already been installed by the utility, remove the offending device and replace it with a lawful meter.

As noted in the beginning of this article, we are faced with a novel situation where the law is far from clear.  We already have 2 test cases in the circuit courts, one of those on appeal, and will no doubt need to bring other test cases before the law finally becomes settled.  We currently have 5 smart meter cases from the Public Service Commission pending before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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* The author is not an attorney but has represented himself successfully in a number of cases in federal and state courts. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of his own attorney before choosing a course of action.

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Many of us who have been protecting our analog meters have been receiving threatening letters from DTE suggesting that our electricity might be “interrupted” within 15 days if we do not agree to let them install a “smart” or “advanced” meter or “opt-out” meter. These 15 day letters are not actual disconnect notices unless they say “Disconnect Notice” at the top, identify the customer of record, the service address where power will be disconnected, a date certain on or after which disconnect will take place and enumerate the appeal rights.

For a discussion of specific tactics in your communication with DTE we recommend an excellent article on another website with whom we work closely: http://www.smartmetereducationnetwork.com/optout-how-to-respond-to-dte-letters-phone-calls-threats.php#2 Sooner or later, however, there will be a need to state your position.

In this article we will try to provide some guidance as to how to state your position in a way that is legally valid and could be maintained  in a court proceeding should that ever become necessary.

(1) Simple Code Words Not Enough. Many have been hearing of late that there are simple code words like “de jure” that can be put into a letter or court brief to stop DTE in its tracks. Such is not the case. All cases in our regular courts are heard “de jure” and all disputes between private parties in this country are heard under civil law. To go into a court and demand that your case be heard “de jure” and “not under civil law” will do no more than cause a judge’s eyes to roll.

(2) There is no one magic court case that may be used as the key to open all doors. Many have been hearing that the mere mention of the case of Norton v. Shelby County will knock down all obstacles.

(3) The key is to understand the nature of the tariff (contract) under which we take electrical service from a regulated monopoly utility. The tariff and the regulations of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) say that when we sign up for electric service we give the utility permission to install an electric meter upon our property and to have access to that meter at all reasonable times in order to read it, inspect it, repair it or replace it with another meter at their sole discretion. Their access to the meter on our property is not trespass because we are deemed to have consented to such access.

(4) The tariff binds the utility as well as the customer. The situation we face is one in which Michigan utilities, DTE and Consumers Energy, are NOT complying with the terms of the tariff or the terms of duly promulgated regulations of the MPSC. The law will hold that when we signed up for electric service, we consented only to the installation and access to a “meter,”not to a computer or radio transmitting device. Those wanting a more detailed discussion of these issues will find it at this link: https://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/winning-smart-meter-legal-arguments/

(5) In court, which side has the initial burden of proof? When challenged in court, the burden will be on the utility to demonstrate that their “smart meter” conforms to the definition of meter in the law. If it does not, they are violating their contract and there will be no need for us to assume the burden of proving that it damages our health or violates our privacy. When they violate their contract the law of trespass comes into play.

(6) Is there a Fourth Amendment violation as well? We also know that “advanced” or “smart” meters do violate our privacy and that too should not be hard to prove in court. Because the utilities are deploying these devices at the behest of the government, in order to gather data for the government, they are enabling the government to violate our Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in our homes. They are enabling the government to do an end run around the warrant requirement.

(7) What about damage to my health? You may be quite certain that your smart meter or your neighbor’s smart meter has damaged your health. With testimony from your doctor it may not be hard to prove in court that your health did decline in the months following smart meter installation. The really hard part will be proving what is the cause of your health decline. We think the other arguments enumerated here are much easier to prove.

(8) Are utilities also violating statutory law? Utilities are violating the penal surveillance law MCL 750.539d, which makes the attachment of a surveillance law to a private home without the owner’s knowledge and consent a felony punishable by 2 years in prison for a first offense, 5 years for a repeat offense. Attorney General Bill Schuette, when asked why he is not enforcing this law, argues both that the new meters are not surveillance devices or, alternatively, that if they are surveillance devices it matters not because the utility customer has consented to their installation by signing up for utility service. Both of his arguments are an insult to the intelligence of Michigan utility customers.

So there is no single silver bullet. But if we combine all of the above arguments we think it will be quite enough to obtain a court order prohibiting DTE from continuing to intimidate and bully its customers. Achieving this result will require one or more individuals with the courage to bring a legal action against DTE. Such a case would begin with a well pleaded complaint and a request for a preliminary injunction to stop DTE’s bullying tactics until a determination can be made as to the legality of DTE’s forced installations.

Why is it so hard to find an attorney to represent us? We know that many attorneys in today’s world have priced their services out of reach of an individual of average means. There is an old British expression, originally attributed to author Wilkie Collins that says “But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse.” We know too that utilities like DTE and Consumers Energy have long purses.

Those of us who can afford the high costs of an attorney are encouraged to shop around for one that will honestly present their case. It will not be easy to find one for this issue even if you can afford one. For those who cannot afford an attorney or cannot find a competent one willing to take on DTE, the only option may be to represent themselves in court. Those who choose this path will need to engage in much study and preparation. For those willing to travel this path we can provide some assistance for which we make no charge. Our help is free to those who are fighting a battle that will help us all in the end.

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* The author is not an attorney, but has represented himself successfully in court on many occasions. Readers are encouraged to seek out the advice of their own attorneys before choosing a course of action.

 

 

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April 24th, 2012 -On Monday evening about 35 people gathered in the Ferndale Public Library to hear a program presented by Michigan Stop Smart Meters.  Three speakers presented an overview of smart meters, the failed business case, the radiation hazards and the threat to privacy.

Speakers included Diana Ostermann, retired from a managerial career in the cell phone industry, Dr. Richard Meltzer with background in research methodology, and David Sheldon MBA with undergraduate degree in physics and economics.

Following the presentations there was a spirited discussion of what we can do as individuals and as a group to encourage a just resolution of the crisis through either regulatory action or new legislation.  Individuals expressed an interest in attending future public meetings, networking with each other, and participating in possible future demonstrations or other activities to promote public awareness of this stealth technology.

Michigan Stop Smart Meters will be sponsoring another of these informational meetings on May 23rd at the Plymouth City Library.  More details will be posted as they become available.