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News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Laura Antonini & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
By Laura Antonini
Consumers can claim another victory in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger battle. Regulators listened to our warnings about the wireless giant’s false promises to consumers and are now blocking the deal. On the heels of AT&T’s decision to withdraw its merger application, the FCC delivered what may just be the final nail in the...
Blog Post
9/6/2011
By Laura Antonini
Apparently AT&T can make up rules without following them. In an audacious move by the nation’s worst rated and most hated wireless carrier, AT&T recently filed multiple lawsuits against its own customers – just months after the U.S. Supreme Court ok’d AT&T’s policy of requiring ripped-off customers to file...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
By Laura Antonini
Did AT&T really think we’d fall for its broken record promises that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would help consumers? Just a few weeks after Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter urging regulators to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the Department of Justice gave the AT&T merger a big thumbs down by filing a civil antitrust...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
By Harvey Rosenfield
Will federal officials fall for AT&T’s promises and approve its multi-billion dollar merger with T-Mobile, when AT&T made exactly the same promises seven years ago and then betrayed them – costing its cell phone customers a fortune? Maybe the feds will think twice after getting our letter, which explains what happened after...
News Release
5/27/2009
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, 310-392-0522 x 303; or Leslie Bailey, 510-622-8150 x 203
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 Release
3/17/2008
CONTACT Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 x309, or Harvey Rosenfield x303
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 Release
5/23/2005
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, 310-392-0522 x303 or Carmen Balber, 310-392-0522 x324
Court Says FTCR Can't Sue Cell Phone Company Under New Ballot Measure Los Angeles, CA -- Nextel used a 2004 ballot measure that voters were told would stop "shakedown" lawsuits to get a lawsuit charging the cell phone company with unfair billing practices thrown out of court today. The case was brought against Nextel in 2003 by the...