BONN/ESSEN (dpa-AFX) - The Federal Office of Justice has published the class action brought by the consumer advice center against the Eon district heating supplier Eon Energy Solutions in the register of lawsuits. "Consumers and small companies can now register their claims or legal relationships to this lawsuit for entry in the register," the authority announced on Monday in Bonn.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) had filed the association action with the Hamm Higher Regional Court in November. According to the vzbv, Eon Energy Solutions has "increased its prices enormously in recent years". These price increases are not justified. "The lawsuit is intended to ensure that Eon retroactively adjusts its bills and refunds customers the resulting credit," the association reported on Monday.

An Eon spokesperson rejected the accusations at the time and explained: "Our district heating prices follow the legal requirements and adjust to cost and market developments." The pricing is based on price components that are based on basic data from the Federal Statistical Office, which can be viewed at any time. The company is aware of the burdens placed on customers. "However, the historically high energy prices of the last two years were beyond our control. Our prices were and are fair, transparent and comply with all legal requirements," the spokesperson continued.

In November, the consumer advocates cited Eon prices in the Erkrath-Hochdahl supply area in North Rhine-Westphalia as an example. According to the vzbv, Eon had increased the gross labor price there from 6.18 cents per kilowatt hour in 2020 to 23.24 cents per kilowatt hour in 2022./tob/DP/jha