Court Tells Cingular It Can't Deny Lawyers Chance To Make Money

from the how-dare-you dept

The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against mobile operator Cingular (now called AT&T) can proceed, despite a clause in the contracts it has subscribers sign preventing them from starting such actions. The suit in question alleges that Cingular overcharged some customers in the state for some roaming and long-distance calls, with a lawyer for the customers saying they were overcharged by $1 to $40 per month. Will this help the customers recover the charges and receive compensation in line with the overcharging? That seems unlikely, since all that's really happened is the court's given lawyers a green light to pursue a paycheck.

Filed Under: class action, overcharge
Companies: cingular

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    frederick092, 14 Jul 2007 @ 8:24am

    Coupon arguments are a red herring

    Coupon settlements are a thing of the past: under the CAFA Act, if lawyers get fees b/c they got thier clients coupons, they only get those fees in proportion to the value of the coupons which are actually redeemed. (See the 1712 in the link!!) Carlo clearly has a bug up his a** about lawyers making money. That's fine, everybody hates lawyers, but 1) class actions are a way of punishing the defendants fraud (like here, nobody can defend Cingular for overcharging its customers) and 2) the lawyers do all the work and don't get paid unless they win. People forget for every $1 Million dollars lawyers get in a case, they might lose two or three cases, so they end up working pretty hard for that money.

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