AT&T Settles Old Billing Claim Lawsuits
By Sarah Pierce
AT&T Wireless, which merged with Cingular Wireless in 2004 and became AT&T Mobility in 2007, engaged in shady billing practices, according to several class action lawsuits filed in California and Washington. If you were an AT&T Wireless subscriber any time after March 1, 1999 and were billed certain charges, you could receive up to $10 if the proposed class action settlements are approved. (Note: The class action settlements do not concern the practices of Cingular Wireless or AT&T Mobility.)
According to the class action settlement notice, eligible consumers can receive settlements under the proposed deal if they fall within the following three classes:
(1) Stern I Settlement Class:
Includes those who subscribed to AT&T Wireless any time between December 20, 2001 and the Effective Date.
— Subscribers in this class who allege they were charged for the mMode Data Service without their authorization or didn’t understand the disclosures about mMode may receive a check for $8 per line charged.
— Subscribers who say they were charged for the EDID (ENH Discount International Dial) service without their authorization or didn’t understand disclosures about EDID may receive a check for $10 per line charged.
(1) Lozano Settlement Class:
Includes those who had a “One Rate-type” plan with AT&T Wireless any time between March 1, 1999 and the Effective Date.
— Subscribers who claim they did not understand that when they signed up for a One Rate-type plan that calls made during one billing period may be charged as if made in another billing period may get a check for $8 or a 250-minute AT&T Phone Card.
(1) UCC Settlement Class:
Includes AT&T Wireless subscribers who paid, but were not previously refunded or credited Universal Connectivity Charges between March 1, 1999 and the Effective Date.
— Subscribers who say they were not aware when they subscribed that they would be charged a Universal Connectivity Charge may receive a check for $7.
If you believe you’re eligible for a class action settlement under any of these classes, you have until February 13, 2011 to file a valid claim form. More information about how to file a valid claim for the AT&T Wireless Service Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found in our Open Settlements section here.
Updated July 6th, 2010
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