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

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    BTR1701, 16 Jul 2007 @ 6:21am


    Regardless of how effective class action suits are in reimbursing those injured, it's refreshing to see a court actually tell one of these companies that these spectacularly biased, fine-print, boilerplate contracts (which are so pervasive that there's no way a consumer can avoid them) aren't enforceable.

    The Joost example above is a perfect illustration of how ridiculous this crap has gotten. The laws of Luxembourg? Give me a damn break. And that's not even the most extreme example, either. I actually had one software agreement tell me that by using the software, I agree that any disputes I had with the company would be settled under the laws of Liberia. Liberia barely has a working government, let alone a functional court system, and is a country that's pretty much in a continual stage of constant and open armed insurrection. But if I have a problem with the software, I have to go there to sue? Sure. Why not just tell me that my disputes will be settled on Mars?

    This the sort of shit these companies rountinely try and foist on the public.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Show Now: Takedown
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.