A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Sprint Communications Company improperly disclosed and/or collected certain monthly charges from individual customers. If you are a current or former Sprint account holder and were charged or subject to Sprint surcharges on any or all wireless lines of service from Jan. 1, 2007 and Oct. 8, 2013, you could be eligible to receive either cash or non-cash benefits.
Class Members of the Sprint surcharges class action settlement include all current and former consumer accountholders who were charged or subject to Sprint surcharges on any or all wireless lines of service from Jan. 1, 2007 and Oct. 8, 2013. The Settlement Class does not include governmental or corporate accounts. The class action settlement also established a sub-class of individuals who did not receive notice of the Sprint surcharge increases. The Sub-Class Members generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Individual Liable Accounts that were opened on or after November 11, 2007, and on or before December 31, 2007;
- Individual Liable Accounts that were on suspension on November 11, 2007, but that were subsequently reinstated;
- Individual Liable Accounts that were opened on or after October 5, 2008, and on or before December 31, 2008;
- Individual Liable Accounts that were on suspension on October 5, 2008, but that were subsequently reinstated;
- Individual Liable Accounts that were opened as new accounts in Sprint retail stores in 2009;
- Individual Liable Accounts that were opened on or after November 8, 2009, and on or before December 31, 2009; and
- Individual Liable Accounts that were on suspension on November 8, 2009, but that were subsequently reinstated.
Varies. Class Members will be eligible to choose a cash benefit valued at $1 or one of the following non-cash benefits from the class action settlement:
- A 30-minute long distance, domestic calling card;
- A 30 percent discount on any accessory purchased at a Sprint-owned retail store, limited to one accessory; or
- A waiver of the $36 activation fee when activating a new line of service under Sprint’s then-existing Terms & Conditions of Services.
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Claim Form Deadline
Eric Barkwell, et al., v. Sprint Communications Company, Case No. 4:09-cv-00056-CLD, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division
The Sprint surcharge settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit (Barkwell, et al. v. Sprint Communications Company) that alleges Sprint improperly disclosed and/or charged certain monthly surcharges that the company collects to defray costs including but not limited to costs associated with government programs and network connections.
Sprint has denied the allegations but has agreed to a class action settlement that was preliminarily approved on Oct. 10, 2013. Under the terms of the settlement, Sprint will review and revise its policies to clearly inform consumers about the surcharges.
Barkwell v. Sprint
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 808003
Petaluma, CA 94975-8003
E. Adam Webb Esq.
Matthew C. Klase Esq.
WEBB KLASE AND LEMOND LLC
H. Wayne Phears Esq.
R. Patrick Dover Esq.
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