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Verizon Wireless Sued in Class Action for Improperly Billing Consumers for Cellular Telephone Calls Made Months Prior.
Foley & Bezek, LLP, a Southern California law firm with a practice specializing in class actions, has filed a class action lawsuit in California against Verizon Wireless for billing consumers for cellular telephone calls during a billing period other than the billing period in which the calls were made. In so doing, the lawsuit alleges that Verizon has assessed charges for cellular telephone calls that would not have been assessed had the cellular telephone calls been billed during the billing period in which the calls were made.
The lawsuit alleges that consumers have contracted to receive cellular telephone service from Verizon Wireless under a cellular telephone service plan which provides a specific number of air time minutes per month. Accordingly, consumers would not be charged for cellular telephone calls made on their cellular telephones unless the total number of air time minutes used in a month exceeded the contracted-for amount of air time minutes. So long as the consumers' air time minutes did not exceed the contracted-for amount of air time minutes, consumers would only be charged a flat monthly service charge.
The lawsuit further alleges that Verizon Wireless cellular telephone bills sometimes include charges for cellular telephone calls placed during prior billing periods. For example, a bill dated February 26, 2001, which covered cellular telephone calls made during the billing period of January 24, 2001 through February 23, 2001, may include charges for cellular telephone calls made prior to January 23, 2001. As a result of this billing practice the consumers' air time minutes might now exceed the air time minutes to which the consumer was entitled, thereby resulting in additional charges on their bill. Consequently, Verizon Wireless is improperly assessing charges for cellular telephone calls that would not have been assessed had the cellular telephone calls been billed during the billing period in which the calls were made.
In August of 2000, Foley & Bezek, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against GTE (now known as Verizon) regarding certain long-distance billing procedures for residential and small business consumers alleging unfair or deceptive practices. Foley & Bezek, LLP has also filed a class action against AT&T Wireless for improperly charging consumers on their cellular telephone bills. Further information about these lawsuits can be obtained by clicking on the "Home" link below and then making your selection from the "Featured Cases" menu.
If you have any information that you believe might assist the law firm in this consumer class action contact Jacquelyn Phlegar at 805-962-9495. If, for example, you have now reviewed your Verizon Wireless billing and believe that you may have been affected by this billing practice, you may send the law firm an e-mail message describing what you have found in your bills. If you include your name and telephone number or a return e-mail address, someone from the law firm will contact you to answer any questions you might have.