The suit contends that hundreds of century old hardwood trees in Bloomfield Hills were cut down without residents authorization or notification by DTE last year.
After a summer of shut-offs, the Detroit Water Fund was set-up with the intention of helping Detroiters pay off those bills
DTE expects the power to be back on by 4:30 p.m.
If approved, the average DTE customer would see an increase of about $3.25 in their monthly bills. It would be the first rate increase in four years.
In Michigan, DTE has installed over two million smart meters, which report when and much electricity is being used by homeowners through radio frequency waves.
Power to 7,000 homes, businesses along the Southfield Freeway corridor was out early Monday morning.
Roughly 22,000 customers are still without power after damaging winds swept through southeast Michigan and much of the Midwest on Monday.
High wind gusts have been causing power outages throughout southeast Michigan on Monday.
DTE says full restoration probably will take until Tuesday or Wednesday.
DTE officials reported that up to 129,000 homes and businesses are without power, with the number of outages expected to grow until the storms move out of the area.