Details on how to file a claim for the AT&T third-party billing settlement have arrived! If you were billed for third-party charges to your AT&T landline telephone bill between January 1, 2005 and January 14, 2013, you may be eligible to claim a full refund from the class action lawsuit settlement.
The AT&T third-party billing settlement will resolve a 2009 class action lawsuit (Nwabueze v. AT&T Inc.) that accuses AT&T of placing charges from third-party companies on its bills and collecting money for these charges, even though customers had not knowingly authorized the charges.
AT&T denies any wrongdoing, despite eliminating third-party billing on January 1, 2011.
A federal judge granted preliminary approval to the AT&T billing class action settlement in January 2013.
The only way to receive a refund is to submit a valid Claim Form by the deadline of December 2, 2013 or 30 days after you receive a Billing Summary in response to a timely request, whichever is later. You must include either a Billing Summary provided by AT&T as part of this Settlement and identify on that summary any charges you claim were not authorized or provide other supporting documents (e.g., copies of bills with identification of the charges you claim were not authorized).
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the AT&T Landline Third-Party Billing Class Action Settlement can be found at www.ATTThirdPartyBillingSettlement.com.
The case is Nwabueze et al. v. AT&T. et al., Case Number CV-09-1529, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
If you were billed for one of these unauthorized third-party charges, you can file a claim to receive a full refund (100%) of these charges. Some Class Members stand to receive hundreds of dollars or more, according to the class counsel. You can request a Billing Summary from AT&T free of charge that will show all third-party charges that appeared on your AT&T landline bill during the Class Period.
UPDATE: Payments for this settlement have been delayed for some Class Members. A viewer has reported to us that she received the following email from the Settlement Administrator on March 28, 2016: “Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, challenged claims will not be paid until all of the challenges in the challenge and rebuttal process are resolved. Batches of Challenge Notices continue to be mailed on a rolling basis. As such, we are unable to provide you with a specific distribution date at this time. We appreciate your ongoing patience.” Top Class Actions will continue to provide updates as we learn more. Keep checking back and let us know when you receive a check in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
Proof of Purchase
Copies of bills with identification of the charges you claim were not authorized
Claim Form Deadline
UPDATE: The AT&T landline class action settlement was approved at the Final Fairness Hearing but settlement distribution was delayed by an appeal filed by a single Class Member in December 2013. That appeal was voluntarily dismissed in March 2014, allowing the Settlement Administrator to begin processing claims and payments.
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Nwabueze v. AT&T Inc.
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