Settlements have been reached in several class actions that challenge the following alleged former billing practices of AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., a company that was merged out of existence in 2004, and certain related entities, including Santa Barbara Cellular Systems, Ltd. ("AWS"):
- charges for mMode Data Service ("mMode"), if the subscriber did not authorize the charges or understand the disclosures about the charges;
- charges for ENH Discount International Dial ("EDID"), if the subscriber did not authorize the charges or understand the disclosures about the charges;
- charges for cellular telephone calls during a billing period other than the billing period in which the calls were made (â€śOut-of-Cycle Billingâ€ť), if the subscriber did not understand the disclosures about the charges; and
- imposition of the Universal Connectivity Charge (â€śUCCâ€ť), if the subscriber was not aware at the time of subscribing that the UCC would be charged (collectively, the â€śSettled Claimsâ€ť).
The representative plaintiffs claim that these practices violate the Federal Communications Act and consumer protection laws of California, Washington, and other states and territories of the United States. AWS strongly denies the representative plaintiffsâ€™ claims of any wrongdoing, but has agreed to settle to avoid the burden and cost of further litigation. The Settlements do not concern the practices of Cingular Wireless or AT&T Mobility. You may be a Class Member if you were an AWS subscriber after March 1, 1999.
For a more detailed explanation of the Settlements, view the Long Form Class Notice.
Legal Rights and Choices:
Submit a Claim
This was the only way to receive a payment. You will be bound by the terms of the Settlements and give up your right to sue on your own regarding any claims that are part of the Settlements. The deadline to submit a claim was February 13, 2011.
Ask to be Excluded
The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement Classes was September 29, 2010.
Submit an Objection
The deadline to object to the Settlements was September 29, 2010.
You receive no money or compensation. You give up your right to sue on your own regarding any claims that are part of the Settlements.
The Court held a Fairness Hearing on November 15, 2010, considered any valid objections to the Settlements, and approved the Settlements as fair, reasonable, and adequate.
Your attendance at the Fairness Hearing was not required even if you submitted a written objection or comment.
|September 15, 2010
|Deadline to File Motion for Attorneys' Fees|
|September 29, 2010
|Exclusion Deadline (postmarked)|
|September 29, 2010
|Objection Deadline (received)|
|October 15, 2010
|Deadline to File Motion for Final Approval of Settlements|
(available on the Court Documents page after October 16, 2010)
|February 13, 2011
|Claim Form Deadline (postmarked or submitted online)|
|November 15, 2010
|Fairness Hearing & Hearing on Motion for Attorneys' Fees|