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AT&T Looking to Finalize Class Action Suit Over Taxes

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Nov 15, 2010, 1:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

AT&T is hoping to settle a class action lawsuit filed against it over the improper collection of some taxes and fees. Some states and local governments ceased requiring the payment of certain taxes on mobile data plans. Despite the dropped taxes, AT&T collected the fees and taxes anyway. In an email, AT&T said to Phone Scoop, "AT&T Mobility collected only those taxes that we believed we were required to collect, and turned them over to the appropriate taxing bodies. We strongly deny any wrongdoing, and no court has found that AT&T Mobility committed any wrongdoing. However, we agreed to settle these cases to avoid the burden and cost of further litigation, and to facilitate any tax refunds that we may be able to obtain for our customers." According to the terms of the settlement, AT&T will no longer charge some taxes and fees on data plans. The class is composed of Cingular/AT&T customers who paid for mobile internet services between November 1, 2005, and September 7, 2010. AT&T is seeking to be reimbursed by the state and local governments involved, and will refund its customers from whatever monies are returned to it by those governments. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted preliminary approval of the settlement on Aug. 11, 2010, and AT&T has asked the judge to issue a final approval of the settlement.

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Nov 15, 2010, 1:53 PM


nothing new from a slimy a** company with a k-mart quality network
Ooohh "K-Mart quality network" yikes, sticking it to them!
i dont think this is a big deal.. 🙄 this is not att fault

Nov 15, 2010, 2:28 PM

WAIT! AT&T turned over the money...

But the State and Local governments didn't red flag it, return it properly and alert AT&T of the over-paid taxes?

Instead they just accepted the money????

This is a government scandle, not an AT&T one.

Somewhere there are a bunch of government officials saying "oh sh!t"
lol good luck, AT&T, getting any money back from the California State Government...
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