A $5 or $40 cash settlement has been agreed upon in the HughesNet Satellite Internet Class Action Settlement entitled Walter, et al. v. Hughes Communications. If you a former HughesNet satellite Internet subscriber read on as this lawsuit settlement could affect your rights. The lawsuit makes claims that Hughes misrepresented the speed of the HughesNet internet service. A similar lawsuit was recently settled involving AT&T. Consumers are alleging that HughesNet did not provide the Internet speed as promised. The lawsuit also involves customer complaints of early termination fees and violations of the company’s “Fair Access Policy”. Under the settlement terms Hughes will be forced to change the way they advertised the speed of their Internet and update the Fair Access Policy Token policy
Class members of Walter, et al. v. Hughes Communications include anyone who between the dates of May 15, 2005 to March 2, 2012 subscribed to any of the following Hughes Consumer Service Plans: Home, Pro, Pro Plus, Small Office, Business Internet, Elite, ElitePlus, ElitePremium, Basic, Power 150 and Power 200.
The case will be under the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and will be ruled by the Honorable Judge Samuel Conti. This is Case No. 09cv02136. HughesNet denies any wrong doing in the case… no surprise there. A settlement hearing will be held at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, courtroom 1 – 17th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10am PT to determine of the settlement terms are fair.
All claim forms can be filed online or by mail and MUST be postmarked no later than September 28, 2012. All exclusion request are due no later than September 28, 2012. If you would like to object to the settlement please do so by July 16, 2012. Court documents, an online claim form and the class notice can be read the class animators web portal.