Legal Issues

by Carlo Longino


Filed Under:
class action, overcharge

Companies:
cingular



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.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2007 @ 9:46am

    Tort reform

    Tort reform = limit damages to corporations so they can keep ripping people off.

    That's why big business, malpractice and other insurors, and big pharma spend so much to get it passed.

    If they don't want to be sued, they should do what's right before, during and after problems happen. It's possible, you know.

    Most people - even today - aren't out to sue anyone. They just want to be treated fairly, and with some level of dignity. You'd be amazed at how little it can take to clear up a bad situation. Look how well the Tylenol situation was handled, when someone poisoned some bottles. I don't remember a single lawsuit. (just my memory here)

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