A class action lawsuit has been filed against Frontier Communications in federal court in California by a consumer who claims that the cable company charges more than the agreed to price for their internet, video, TV, & phone services.
Plaintiff Sohail Mahboubain states that Frontier has not honored the deals, discounts and promotions it offers.
Instead, the company allegedly charges consumers for services at different and much higher prices than what the customers agree to.
The plaintiff claims that customers of Frontier are not aware of these practices until they are provided with their billing statements.
In addition, Frontier does not resolve consumer complaints about the erroneous invoices, according to the plaintiff.
The Frontier class action claims that the problem started when Frontier acquired Verizon Communications Inc.’s operations in California, Texas, and Florida in April 2016.
The plaintiff says, that prior to April 2017, he contacted Frontier to obtain telephone services, as his prior services with the company were about to expire.
He claims that Frontier orally offered to provide him with the same services that he had with Verizon, which was a 2-year deal for high-speed internet and two telephone lines for $89.99 per month.
The plaintiff notes that he was told by Frontier that the main telephone line would be “unlimited” and that the backup line would be billed on a per call basis. Mahboubian was allegedly told that this price would be reflected in the new billing cycle.
“Despite Defendants’ representations, Plaintiff was charged a price that was different, and much higher than what Defendants originally offered, and what Plaintiff agreed to,” the Frontier class action lawsuit asserts.
The Frontier Communications class action claims that the defendants “deliberately” switched assignment of the two telephone lines, in that the main line charges were per call and the other line was assigned to the “unlimited” price.
As a result of this practice, the plaintiff allegedly experienced costs which were above what was originally agreed to.
Once he found out that the services were higher than anticipated, the plaintiff claims that he tried to fix the problem with Frontier Communications but the defendant refused to correct the billing errors.
The plaintiff reportedly then sent a demand letter to the defendants on Feb. 15, 2018 and, as a result, Frontier asked him his account number, which he provided over email. He has not heard back from Frontier since then regarding this issue, according to the Frontier pricing class action lawsuit.
The Frontier Communications class action alleges that the Frontier’s actions are in violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law as well as the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act and has filed additional claims for unjust enrichment.
Proposed Class Members in this class action lawsuit are: “All persons residing in the United States who, between the applicable statute of limitations and the present, are current and former customers of Defendants, who were offered a particular price to avail of Defendants’ telephone and/or internet services (the ‘Services’), but who were charged a price that was different from what was promised.”
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The plaintiff is represented by Robert R. Ahdoot of Ahdoot & Wolfson PC.
The Frontier Billing Class Action Lawsuit is Mahboubian v. Frontier Communications Corporation, et al., Case No. 2:20-cv-01255, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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