BALTIMORE (AP) — A city official says he plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Baltimore over erroneous charges to residents by the city’s water system.

Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway notified the city of his plans Tuesday.

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Conaway’s attorney, former city solicitor Neal Janey, says the lawsuit arises from a failure to collect water bills owed by businesses while some residents were forced out of their homes for overdue bills. Conaway says he’s seeking monetary damages for affected residents.

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In response, current City Solicitor George Nilson says Conaway and others are filing lawsuits for publicity. Conaway ran against Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the last election but says his political opposition is unrelated.

City officials have acknowledged 38,000 customers were overcharged for water service and issued refunds.

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