AT&T to Help Customers Recoup $1 Billion in Taxes
AT&T has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit that will have it reaching out to local and state governments in hopes of recouping nearly $1 billion in improperly collected taxes. Law Firm Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Gorny PC, based in Kansas City, sued AT&T in all 50 states in 2010 over taxes it claimed were not owed on internet services, but AT&T collected anyway. The total collected by AT&T is $956.16 million. "The settlement also requires us to help facilitate, on behalf of our customers, plaintiffs' efforts to seek tax refunds from state and local taxing authorities on behalf of the class," said AT&T spokesman Marty Richter to FierceWireless. "Any refunds will be passed along to the class — people who are our customers, and initially paid the taxes." AT&T will set up an escrow account to hold the money it is able to collect from local and state governments and will eventually parcel that money out to members of the class, which may be as many as 49 million customers. A federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois approved the proposed settlement last week.
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.
T-Mobile to Explore Settlement with FTC Over Cramming
T-Mobile has signaled to the Federal Trade Commission it is interested in reaching a settlement regarding accusations it unfairly profited from bogus charges foisted onto customers' bills. The FTC sued T-Mobile over its cramming practices, despite T-Mobile's attempts to preempt such legal action by banning premium content and offering refunds to customers.
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.
FCC Proposes Updates to Emergency Alerts
The FCC wants to see wireless emergency alerts used more effectively and proposed several changes to improve them. Wireless emergency alerts have been used since 2012 to warn people about severe weather or other safety threats, alert them to missing children, and deliver other information via text messages.
In all reality, I find AT&T to be a rather shady and almost untrustworthy wireless company. Sure, they're all riddled by corruption, excessive rates and the such, but AT&T in particular seems to quite frequently have issues with over charging their customers unfairly. What's this I heard recently about them significantly overstating data usage for every smartphone user? Oh, that's just one in a series of many cases just like that? Oh, and they remain the only major carrier who does not offer an unlimited data option (although, to be fair, other carriers will likely soon adopt the tiered system)?
I'll take my money elsewhere.
So...lemme get this straight....
AT&T gets sued.
AT&T is working to get the money back from the .gov and give it back to their customers.
So AT&T is the evil one here?
Unless you switched providers, then you'll pay that party.
Hope this helps
Just so everyone knows this dont mean hundreds of $ for the masses.... we not even talking about dollar amounts either, The taxes in question were only a very SMALL amount off. expect credits of very small amnt to your account. Also notifications were sent out as in insert in many of the bills, here is also a number you can call too about the case. 877-905-8928
How do I claim?