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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    sehlat, 15 Jul 2007 @ 12:24pm

    Let's see...

    1. Write and impose terms of service that differ very little in their effects from the "employment" structure for immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa in the pre-1860 Southern United States.

    2. Stealing a few bucks at a time from their customers, so it's not as if anybody's being *really* harmed.

    3. Profit!

    Do I understand your argument correctly?

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