Legal Issues

by Carlo Longino

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class action, overcharge


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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    scate, 14 Jul 2007 @ 3:40pm

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

    Apparently Tech Dirt thinks that companies should be free to rip off consumers as long as that theft is under the amount that would justify an individual lawsuit.

    While it is true that successful class action suits can make lawyers a ton of money it is also true that companies can make a ton of money by ripping people off with impunity. Class action lawsuits are a way to hold companies accountable and the fear of them helps keep companies honest. Allowing companies to simply declare themselves above the law, as they do by mandating arbitration and then setting the rules of the arbitration (no class actions), does not encourage them to treat customers fairly or even legally.

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