Telecommunications Company AT&T Gives Nod In Roaming Class Action Settlement
Heads up, AT&T subscribers! You might be entitled to a cash-out or credit to your account if you are an existing customer charged with an international roaming AT&T fee without you knowing beforehand.
This comes after the telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to a settlement to end litigation against them in a California court.
A class action lawsuit was filed against the company with regards to their alleged misdeeds concerning their international AT&T fees as reported on Top Class Actions.
How to make a claim?
For you to make a claim, you must be a resident in the state of California that was unknowingly charged by international roaming AT&T fees for unanswered calls made to their US-based mobile numbers between February 6, 2005, to January 31, 2009.
These dates, as well as the inclusive days in between, are known as the Class Period.
Both current and former AT&T subscribers from California are qualified to file a claim. Individuals who meet these requirements are known as Class Members of this settlement.
Once you meet the mentioned criteria, you are eligible to receive up to $50 worth of credit or cash payout.
For current AT&T customers, they have two options:
- Class Members will receive a day of free international roaming, pegged at $10, valid for use 18 months after initial receipt. Similar to AT&T’s International Day Pass, class members can use it while they are traveling across borders during the said period.
- Class Members who want to opt-out of the first option will be asked to file a claim. They will be given a credit that is equivalent to the charged amount per minute following the AT&T roaming rates during the Class Period. Customers can get up to $50 worth of credit that will reflect on their accounts.
If you are a former customer and were also charged international roaming AT&T rates for calls that you did not answer falling in the Class Period, you are also qualified to submit a claim.
You can receive a cash refund minimum of $4, and it can go as high as $50.
The deadline for claiming your rebate is on February 19, 2021.
The date of the AT&T settlement’s final hearing is set on March 17, 2021, before the settlement provisions are given the court’s stamp of approval.
What is the AT&T Roaming Fees Class Action Settlement?
The settlement stemmed from a class action lawsuit filed by a California-based plaintiff alleging that AT&T has charged them for unanswered calls that they have received during an international trip.
Officially known as McArdle v. AT&T Mobility LLC, et al., the lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Named as defendants to the lawsuit, AT&T Mobility LLC, along with similar entities New Cingular Wireless Services Inc. and New Cingular Wireless PCS LLC, was accused of customer deception with regards to how it went ahead and charged oblivious subscribers of international roaming AT&T fees.
The defendants have generally denied the claims and have stressed that they have not committed any wrongdoing, but they agreed to a settlement.
About the company
AT&T, based in Dallas, Texas, is the world’s leader in mobile telephone services. It is also the U.S.’s largest provider of fixed telephone services with a net worth of $266 billion.
Editor’s Note on AT&T Class Action Settlement Progress:
This piece’s purpose is to inform you of the updates in the AT&T Roaming Class Action Settlement. If you need any help or have any queries, then don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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