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News Story
5/28/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A federal judge in Washington state ruled that a class-action lawsuit against AT&T can proceed to trial. U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez struck down as "unconscionable" a clause in subscribers' contracts that required them to settle their complaints through arbitration with the company. The case was filed in Seattle in...
News Story
5/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Class action on Cingular/AT&T deal allowed to proceed -- Customers say being forced to pay fees, buy phones. Consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog described the ruling as a major victory for AT&T customers. "The company broke its promise to its customers, making them pay millions of dollars more than they should have. Now we can...
News Release
5/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Court Rejects AT&T's Efforts to Bar Customers from Joining Together to Hold the Company Accountable in Court   Santa Monica, CA -- A class action lawsuit charging that millions of cell phone users were misled and overcharged when Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless in 2004 may go forward, a federal court ruled on Tuesday.   In a...
Feature
5/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Who is the lawsuit against? The defendants are Cingular Wireless Corporation, a national cell phone company, and AT&T Wireless Services, a cell phone company that Cingular acquired in a $41 billion deal in October,... Who is the lawsuit against? The defendants are Cingular Wireless Corporation, a national cell phone company, and AT&T...
News Story
6/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wireless phone service providers may avoid paying millions of dollars in lawsuits if the Federal Communications Commission develops rules for early termination fees. But they won't escape the wrath of consumer watchdog groups that contend the carriers are getting off easy. The FCC plans to hold a public hearing on early termination fees after its...
News Story
6/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that held federal arbitration law does not pre-empt class-action litigation against T-Mobile USA Inc., an action that divided the wireless industry and now paves the way for three federal lawsuits to move forward in California against the operator. T-Mobile USA had asked the high court to review a...
News Story
4/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Can companies grant themselves a "get out of jail free" card when you sign their contracts? A lawsuit filed in Seattle against AT&T/Cingular may settle that question. The nonprofit public advocacy group Public Justice is asking a federal court to set aside a provision in old AT&T wireless contracts that prevents consumers from...
News Story
3/31/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Legal Action Targets Text Messages Tied to TV Programs The nation's three largest wireless carriers have been hit with class action lawsuits accusing them of illegal gambling in connection text messaging tied to popular TV shows. All three lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by a group of lawyers...
News Release
3/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
AT&T's Ban on Class Actions is Unlawful, Customers Argue Santa Monica, CA -- Cell phone customers who sued AT&T and Cingular over abuses in the companies’ 2004 merger are asking a federal court in Seattle to protect their rights and give them their day in court. In papers filed late last Friday, lawyers representing potentially...
News Story
8/6/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A federal court in California ruled a class-action suit accusing Cingular Wireless L.L.C.-now AT&T Mobility-of false and misleading advertising can go forward. The complaint, brought under state consumer protection laws, involves a promotion in which Cingular advertised a cash rebate as an enticement to prospective subscribers. Instead,...