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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2007 @ 9:34am

    Contingency Fees

    As Frederick092 says "they don't get paid unless they win".

    The Contingency Fee system gives anyone, even the poorest people, access to the courts. Without it, corporations would run wild in their greed.

    The Contingency Fee system also has the benefit of preventing many - but not all - bogus cases from going forward, since the lawyer can't spend his time/money on a sure loser.

    The only problem is that if the case is good but the amount of the potential award is small, it's very hard to get a lawyer who will take the case for a contingency fee.

    Justice for all!

    (I'm not a lawyer.)

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