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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    claire rand, 14 Jul 2007 @ 12:06am

    "overcharging" as in a company that knowingly sends and incorrect bill, and when this is pointed out refuses to do anything about it.

    are the US telcos run by the UK power companies?

    sounds a lot like npower, who claim to have a 'policy' of not correcting errors below 500 units, and have an'issue' with my policy of not paying incorrect bills after I have left thier service, i.e. when they can't cut that service off...

    as for a lawsuit.. if it comes to it don't pay the incorrect bill, inform them the bill is wrong, in writing, keep the evidence and let them start the court case? if they cut you off sue them for breach of contract?

    individually, and claim costs as well. otherwise I can see people maybe getting a credit note on thier accounts, if that. these class action suits can be a good idea for somethings but for stuff like this? nah.

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