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
    Willton, 15 Jul 2007 @ 11:49am

    Re: corporate justice

    Hear, hear! As a law student, I know that there can be some unscrupulous lawyers out there, but class action lawsuits do serve a good purpose: they allow non-wealthy individuals access to the courts to assert their rights. There are certainly many instances where the members of the class receive a nominal award in damages, but they can certainly serve as a deterrent to those companies that might think about swindling their customers.

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