Thursday, June 16, 2005

Another Great Example

Heard any grips recently about class action suits ? They're the Holy Grail for attorneys .... imagine representing a case with millions of defendants instead of a just one or two !

I just got some official notification of a class action against AT&T. Apparently, some folks weren't happy that they got billed for a full month if they cancelled service part-way through that month. Ok, that's no good, but check this out.

A. If you canelled service but did not transfer your AT&T Wireless telephone number to another wireless service provider ( ...) you will receive a pre-paid long-distance calling card ("Calling Card") valid for 50 minutes of long-distance service, on the terms explained below.

B. If you cancelled serivce and trasnferred your AT&T Wireless telephone number to another wireless serivce provider ... you will receive a Calling Card valid for 100 minutes of long-distance service, on the terms explained below.

[ The terms basically explain that the cards may not be resold and will be valid for one year, that they round up to a full minute, they're good for domestic and international calls, and that 4 minutes worth are deducted for use on a payphone] [ Editor's note on editor's note: that last bit is shit amongst itself since they're supposed to be for people who don't have phones aren't they ? ]

In addition to the Settlement benefits described above, AT&T Wireless has agreed to pay Plaintiff's reasonable attorney's fees and expenses in an amount approvied byh the Court, not to exceed 2,100,000.

So there you have it. Lose a good bit of hard cash due to unfair billing practices, and get a 50 minute calling card that can't be liquidated to cash, while the fucking attorney's get over 2 mil.

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