Monday, June 17, 2013

How to settle AT&T Landline Third Party Billing Class Action Lawsuit?

Are you among those who had paid unauthorized third party bill of AT&T Landline and really fed up with this on going illegal practice? Now, no worries, as this article helps you in finding the way to settle your AT&T Landline third party billing. AT&T Inc. is an American company and one of the largest fixed telephony and mobile telephony company in the USA. AT&T Company allows third party services provider to attach their charges with AT&T customers’ landline phone bills. Third party includes services like credit repair companies, clubs, web page services and lots more. Now even the former and the current customers of the AT&T, who were billed for third party charges between January 1, 2005 and January 14, 2013, can receive refund for their third party charges.

How to settle AT&T Landline Third Party Billing Class Action Lawsuit?

These companies send their charges to AT&T which is added to the bill and the company receives a portion of their profit. AT&T even doesn’t ask for any verification for the charges and services ordered by the customers. As a California federal judge had approved a settlement between the company and its customer who was billed for third party services. Before knowing how to claim it, it’s important to understand certain terms.

Lawsuit:

According to this lawsuit, AT&T is charging money from those customers who even not knowingly authorized the charges. The lawsuit asks the court that AT&T should payback the money to the customers which they have collected for all Third-Party charges for which the customers are not authorized. But, AT&T denies all these wrong doing or any liability for Third-Party Charges.


Third party charges:

Third party charges are those charges that customers have to pay to the third party companies for their products and services like email, fax, web page services (design, hosting or marketing), voicemail, diet plans, identity protection, and others. These companies are not affiliated with AT&T and unauthorized Third-Party Charges are those which are placed on a customers’ AT&T landline bill without their concern.

Under this settlement:

In this settlement, you can get claim approval process of full refunds and credits. The customers who can avail this claim include the existing customers as well as the former customers of AT&T landline telephone customers in the United States. The customers, who are being charged for the unauthorized third party billing without their knowing authorization between the time periods of January 1, 2005 to January 14, 2013, can get claim approval process of full refunds and credits. The size of the payment will depend on the individual customers.

Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement:

Submit the Claim form:

  • To get your payment for the unauthorized third party billing back, you have to apply claim for the full amount. You can fill the online form on the site https://secure.gcginc.com/atn/claim/logon.aspx by entering your Confirmation number and Control number, which you received while you have requested for an online free billing summary. And then, click on login. Even if you don’t have the confirmation, then following is the way to obtain it.
  • Visit https://secure.gcginc.com/atn/claim/Questionnaire.aspx and verify that you are eligible for settlement. Then, sign at the bottom of the section I. After that, enter payment and verification details which includes your name, mailing address, address, city, Zip code, etc. and click on “next”.
  • The next step is to provide documents of the Billing Summary of Third-Party Charges, which are given to you by AT&T under this settlement as it is instructed in the claim form. In case, you are filling online form, you must upload it and mailed it to info@ATTthirdpartybillingsettlement.com; while in case of offline, mail it to Nwabueze v. AT&T, Inc., c/o GCG, P.O. Box 35045, Seattle, WA 98124.
  • Make sure that your claim form should reach before December 2, 2013 or 30 days after you receive a Billing summary.

Billing Summary Request

If you don’t have access to your previous AT&T landline bills, you can obtain billing summary even for free of charge. As it is really difficult to determine whether you were billed for unauthorized Third-Party Charges or not, it helps you in finding out each Third-Party charge which have appeared in your AT&T landline bill from January 1, 2005 through January 14, 2013. So you can find out whether you were charged for unauthorized or not by studied it properly. This billing will support your claim. You can obtain Billing summary on https://secure.gcginc.com/atn/billing/Default.aspx by entering basic information like name, address, etc. and email it to https://secure.gcginc.com/atn/billing/Default.aspx. You can even download it and mailed it to Nwabueze v. AT&T Inc., c/o GCG, P.O. Box 35045, Seattle, WA 98124-3500.

Exclude Yourself

Another option is excluding yourself from getting no payment, as this way, you can ever be a part of any other lawsuit against AT&T or other released parties for the legal claims in this case. If you don’t want to be legally bound by this settlement, you need to submit a signed, written request till September 2, 2013. Otherwise you won’t be able to sue or continue to sue, AT&T or any other Released Parties about this claim.

Comment or Object to the Settlement

Another way in this settlement is to write any comment or object about the settlement, by simply telling the court that what you don’t like about this settlement and its valid reason. Your objection in writing should be mailed to Class Counsel and AT&T's Counsel and so it will reach to court on or before September 2, 2013. If you stay in class, then only you can object.

Go To the Hearing

It’s not necessary for you to attend the hearing in order to receive a payment. On the other hand, you won’t be allowed to appear in the court at the Final Approval Hearing to present the objection if you had not filed a timely written objection. The Final Approval Hearing of the court will be held on November 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the U.S. District Court, Northern District California, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 19th Floor, Courtroom 10, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Do Nothing

Give up your right to sue Defendants and other Released Parties linked in this case and get no payment.

6 comments:

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  2. How can I figure out what I have coming to me?

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  3. I really think that interest needs to be added.shoot,dont think they didnt collect interest. proably millions. so,give that back too.

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  4. I have applied and applied. Every time I put in for the settlement, even through their customer service line, they send me a letter saying I didn't do something. I feel its just another tactic for you NOT to meet the deadline.

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  5. How long before you get the refund they tax on the bill I wont my now stop putting off give customer there money

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  6. as of yet i have not rec. my settlement from att they have my claim forms as of sept15,2013 i wonder are the lawyers real?

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