A class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia claiming Sprint improperly charged consumers certain monthly surcharges. The case is entitled Eric Barkwell, et al., v. Sprint Communications Company Website and includes anyone in the US who had a Individual Liable Account with Sprint for wireless services between January 1, 2007and October 8, 2013 and were subject to a surcharge by Sprint. Please note that the Sprint Communications Surcharges Settlement DOES NOT include governmental or corporate accounts. There are two types of settlements: cash benefit and the non-cash benefit. The cash benefit will consist of “a $1 account credit for a current customer or a former customer with an unpaid account due Sprint, or (2) a $1 check, electronic transfer or e-account credit to a former customer whose account is not past due.” while the non-cash benefit will consist of a 30-minute long distance, domestic calling card or a $36 activation fee waiver or a 30% discount to be used at any Sprint owned store. Please note that in order recieve a Non-Cash Benefit, you will need to have a code number provided by the lawsuit administrator.
On April 10, 2014 a fairness hearing will take place to determine if the terms of the Sprint Communications Surcharges Settlement are fair to both parties. The hearing will take place 120 12th Street, Columbus, Georgia 31902 and is subject to change.
The courts have appointed the law firm of Webb, Klase and Lemond, LLC to represent all members who elect to stay a part of the class. Sprint will be represented by McGuireWoods LLP. In order to be part of any type of settlement you must file a claim by March 24, 2014. More details can be found by calling the Claims Administrator at 1-866-571-4407 or visiting the website or by writing to Barkwell v. Sprint, c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC, P.O. Box 808003, Petaluma, CA 94975-8003.