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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    Adam, 16 Jul 2007 @ 5:29am

    Re: Re: corporate justice

    Yeah, every time there is a class action lawsuit that I'm a beneficiary, I get a discount coupon, or a chance to get $5 or $10 check after filling out outrageously complicated legal forms, that are obviously made this way purposely to discourage people while a bunch of layer walks away with millions of dollars. That's the good purpose I guess. I understand that they do hurt the companies involved and may serve as deterrent but I'd feel much better if the rewards for the "non-wealthy individuals" were grater and easier to claim and if the lawyers earned a lot less money on those class action lawsuits. If they make millions defending some reach jerk caught sniffing coke, that's cool with me.


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