State to Receive Settlement Over Phone Charges
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state will receive more than $807,000 under a settlement with AT&T Mobility LLC over unauthorized phone charges.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Wednesday that in addition to the fine paid to the state, more than 500,000 customers in the state might be entitled to restitution that was determined under the national agreement. In total, AT&T mobility will pay $105 million under the agreement with attorneys general in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
Under a practice called “cramming,” customers received charges for premium text message services — like trivia or sports scores — that they never requested.
In addition to the $80 million of restitution that that customers nationwide can seek, AT&T Mobility also agreed to pay $20 million to the attorneys general and $5 million to the Federal Communications Commission as a penalty.