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AT&T Customers Win Class Action Settlement Jackpot

By Kimberly Mirando

 

AT&TAlmost 7,000 AT&T customers in California have hit the class action lawsuit settlement jackpot, with each receiving $1,000 or more for overcharges on their phone bills that for most of them amounted to a fraction of that. The payout underscores why it’s beneficial for Class Members of any class action lawsuit to fill out claims, even if they think a settlement payout will be small or don’t know how much money they will receive.

The AT&T class action settlement payout will go to AT&T residential landline customers in California between August 2001 and March 2003 who responded to newspaper and Web ads published statewide. One of the Plaintiff attorneys said no attempt was made to contact potential Class Members by mail because AT&T produced such poor records that the cost of providing individual class action settlement notices could have exceeded $2 million, or 20-percent of the fund.

The AT&T settlement is the result of a class action lawsuit that accused AT&T of charging its California long-distance customers more Universal Service Fund fees than allowed during that 20-month period.

AT&T was ordered to set up a $10.9 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to repay victims. Anyone who responded to the ads with a valid claim before April 29, 2011, was eligible to receive somewhere between $5 and $1,000 per phone line, depending on how many people responded.

If all of the estimated 6 million AT&T customers had filed a claim, the class action lawsuit settlement payout would have been about $2 per person. However, only 6,961 people with 9,045 phone lines submitted valid claims. As a result, starting this month the settlement administrator will mail checks for $1,000 to each of the claimants.

 

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Updated March 1, 2012

 

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26 Comments

  • Anonymous March 6, 2012

    ATT did reimburse me most of the charges but said they did not have records past when they over charged me like over 5 yrs – so I lost at least another 200.00 can i get that part too- they were NEVER able to provide me with high speed internet and we didnt know it because we had nothing to measure it against. Their technician was the one to tell us we didnt have that service at my location but we paid the bill for the service not provided as hi speed.

  • Anonymous March 7, 2012

    is the class action filing closed? I don’t know how I missed this one, I had the same problem with then during the dates you are referring…..

  • Anonymous March 7, 2012

    ATT owes me to unfortunately I live in Ga

  • Anonymous March 7, 2012

    this is closed?!?! how do you find out about where to submit claims to open class action suits? I’ve been visiting this site for awhile now still clueless on how to find where to submit and which ones are still open… Theres never a link provided by topclassactions.com that i see.

  • Anonymous March 9, 2012

    I didn’t even know about the lawsuit, and I was a victim of this, too, during the period they mention.

  • Anonymous May 1, 2012

    I filed for this. Haven’t received it yet. Anybody receive their check yet?

  • Anonymous May 3, 2012

    Received my check for 2K today!!!

  • Anonymous May 3, 2012

    Had two lines and received $2,000 today (part is reported as interest)

  • Anonymous May 14, 2012

    Got my $2000.00 last week. Nice, Very Nice .Thank God for this finincial Blessing at this stage in my life. P.S. Also got a 1099INT for $673.26

  • Anonymous August 14, 2012

    I did not get my ck yet – how do I filed a claim form – how do I know that I will be getting money or my status?

    thanks

    • Darlene Howard January 8, 2014

      When will I get my money there wasn’t problem taking payments from me monthly for false charges so now it is settled what is the problem. The courts approved it so where is it?

  • Doug Johnson January 2, 2013

    AT&T would not work in my new area. . contacted AT&T months in advance. . .new house has long, winding driveway. .. dangerous for baby in car. ..phone no workem’ for 3 miles. .VERIZON worked fine. .. AT & T offered to put up a tower that worked JUST AROUND THE HOUSE. . .told them no. . .I spend days on the phone with them. . tried to opt out for a lesser charge. . was lied to and told this was okay. . .paid it. .($323). . .still got charged $700 in fines for going to new phones early. .. .and they turned us over to credit collection when we balked. . . so I paid the credit collectors instead. . .

    AT&T owes me. .. .doug@snowshoepublishing.com

  • shirley dryden February 18, 2013

    havent receved ck yet

  • Shaun Strasser April 2, 2013

    Wondering if i am going to get a Check my claim number is 1LXW2MBVKK

  • Jennifer martin June 13, 2013

    WHERES MY CHECK ALSO>>>>>>>NEVER RECEIVED ANY INFORMATION!!!!

  • ervin griffin June 13, 2013

    HAvent received any information……is this just another scam for the public to get screwed AGAIN!!!! whats going on with atnt…..REALLY!!!!!!!

  • Vicki Brooks September 10, 2013

    Over 1 year ago I received some legal papers from some law firm informing me about a class action lawsuit against AT&T. I signed the papers & returned it by mail. The other day a friend of mine received a check in the mail for $250.00 for the settlement. He had also received a check over 6 months ago from another firm for the same settlement. I haven’t received anything. I had AT&T as my long distance provider from 1995 – 2000. I called this phone # (206) 838-3210 that was imprinted on my friend’s check. I left several messages for them to return my call but they haven’t. So

  • Judy Taylor September 18, 2013

    i just found out about the lawsuit

  • stella lopez November 4, 2013

    I also have not recieved any informationm regarding paymnts. After filing my claim I did recieve a postcard from ” ATT Third Party Billing Settlement Admistrator” for me to call 18662420603 to get my billing summary. They sent me a form I completed it and returned it yet I have not heard from anyone. What is the process for this type of situation? Thank You

  • Joan E. Beaudoin November 11, 2013

    I have received my bill summary.Could you please send me another claim form so I could print it fill it out and send it in.I will send both the claim form and the bill summary.Thanks, Joan Beaudoin.

  • mary hutchins December 2, 2013

    when will iI receive my settlement check in the mail and how much will it be

  • Hattie Duncan December 26, 2013

    I live in Jackson, Tn. and haven’t received a dam thing! I guess I’ll have to sue them individually in fed. court.

  • Ethel Moore January 21, 2014

    I just wandering how long this settlement suppose to take it been over 2 months now and also always wandering why I paid my bill and every time new bill came. I could figure out why my bill kept getting higher still of lower.Latter I found out why and could believe the charges that was take place on my phone that I would never accept. If knew than what no now I would put stop to this but I did not see the charges all I no bill never got lower after it was paid for.

  • sandra January 26, 2014

    submitted a claim 11/06/13 haven’t heard anything from anyone still can’t find out when i will be receiving a check

  • alisa ware February 22, 2014

    I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA YOU CAN BE IN THE SUIT,i ve had them for years. I was 19 when I first went to them and im 48 now, they have to be called from me every month to fix my bill I have had bad luck with them.the bill is never right .so can I be in on this suit.alisa ware

  • Ernesto Williams July 2, 2014

    I need an attorney that can file a lawsuit on att for false damages to phone. Can you imagine how many millions are made on liquid damage phones. I send in a phone because it stopped working due to charging battery damage. Guess what att said it was guess water damage they billed me 259.00 this all you get from them. This phone was not even close to my sweat. Att is making a killing with this lie if I was an attorney I would check how many phones are billed to coustomers for liquid damage what a lie but att making big bucks with this lie

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