Sprint Escapes Class-Action Lawsuit
Judge Robert Bryan of the U.S. district court of Tacoma, Wash., ruled this week that Sprint will not face a nationwide class-action lawsuit. The suit, brought about by a California based consumer-advocacy group, alleged that Sprint overcharged some customers for certain wireless taxes and then refused to issue refunds once the mistake was pointed out. It also noted that Sprint charged additional fees to for text messages that were sent to laptop dongles. The judge said the plaintiffs were not able to make a strong case to elevate the lawsuit to class-action status.
Text Message Lawsuit Against Yahoo Hits Class Action Status
A Chicago judge on Monday said Yahoo must face a class action lawsuit for sending unsolicited text messages to Sprint customers in 2013. The company was sued by customers who felt automated "welcome" messages tied to Yahoo Messenger amounted to unwanted advertising and violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
AT&T Sidesteps Class-Action Suit Over Throttling
A federal judge sided with AT&T and said consumers suing the carrier over its throttling practices cannot work together as a group. Instead, customers must pursue individual arbitration with the carrier, per their signed user agreements.
Google Wallet Lawsuit Given Green Light to Proceed
Google was unable to convince a judge to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit concerning its Google Wallet application and service. A consumer sued Google in late 2013 alleging the company violated its own privacy policies by providing third-party app developers with consumer information, including street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Twitter Sued for Reading Direct Messages
Lawyers in California have filed a class action lawsuit against Twitter alleging that the social network reads private messages sent between users. Specifically, the lawsuit complains Twitter "surreptitiously eavesdrops on its users' private direct message communications.
Sprint to Face $300M Tax Fraud Charge In Court
Sprint lost its bid to have a $300 million lawsuit dismissed and will now face the State of New York in court. The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges that Sprint failed to collect about $100 million in taxes from its New York-based customers over a period of seven years.
People are bums
If Sprint "overcharged" taxes, either:
A. The charged more than they said they would, or
B. They lied about the tax rate.
Maybe Sprint is different, but most carriers don't put tax r...
SMS messages can be sent to laptop dongles?