A class action lawsuit was filed against Verizon wireless claiming that they charged customers a bill from third-party companies that were not authorized by the customer. This practice is known as “cramming” within the industry and has gone on for years. The case is being handled by the law firms of Jacobs Kolton, Chtd., David Schachman & Associates, P.C., Keller Grover LLP and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and is seeking a 100% refund for unauthorized third-party charges as part as the settlement. The settlement also seeks methods to stop this unlawful practice known as “cramming”.
“Unfortunately, cramming is widespread today because people often don’t even realize that they have been billed. Many consumers have been billed for months and even years for these third-party charges without even knowing it. That is why it is so important for customers to get the free billing summaries that this settlement provides so they can check to see if, in fact, they paid third party charges and determine whether they authorized them.” - Jahan C. Sagafi from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.
Verizon has denied all wrong doing but has agreed to settle in order to avoid a pricey trial. Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong from the US District Court will reside over the case. This is not surprising. Class members feel like this lawsuit will go a long way in defeating this illegal activity known as cramming. Please check back for more updates on the case.