Www.RateDisclosure.com – AT&T Long Distance Inmates Collect Calls Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
You may be able to get some kind of compensation if you take part in this case if you got long distance calls from Washington Department of Corrections inmates. This is in fact a violation of the Consumer Protection Act because AT&T did not let those receiving these calls know the rate that they were being charged for these calls. The court has stated that the amount that each person getting these calls is $200. . So if you go these calls any time within the time period of June 20, 1996 to December 31, 200o, then you can fill out the claim form which you can do at the www.ratedisclosure.com site.
The amount of the AT&T Long Distance Rate Disclosure Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is $45 million. The original case which was filed is Judd, et al. v. American Telephone and Telegraph Co., et al. The case number is 00 2-17565-5SEA. I would take part in this case as the compensation is rather substantial. If you are not really sure if you are a class member, then you need to get the information from the www.ratedisclosure.com site. There is a lot of information there and if this is the first time you are looking at legal documents, it can be overwhelming and confusing.
If you are not sure if you are included or even what you should do next, the best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call the settlement administrator. That information is provided for you at the site and you will be able to get the toll free number. This is the place that I suggest that you start. I also think that calling is better than writing or sending an email if you have that option because it is easier to make sure that all your questions are answered when you are actually talking to someone. When you are sure that you are a class member, then you can go ahead and fill out the form. Also I would suggest that you look at the claim form at the site before you make that call. This is because if you are not sure about any of the items on the claim form and need further clarification, you will be able to ask in that one phone call. So this means that you do not have to make repeated phone calls. Then you will not have to reference your first call if you end up making another call. This is much easier all around.
Now of course you can also make sure of the deadline that you will have to send you form by. Usually this information is provided at the settlement website. If for some reason you are not able to locate this information or are confused about this deadline, then you can ask that question too. If this is the first time that you are taking part in a case such as this, it is good to know exactly what you can and cannot do. You should also find out about the importance of these dates. The deadline here is 6/7/2013. So do not miss this date.
You should also find out about your other legal options. In this case, if this is the first time, I would suggest that you take the compensation. For one thing the amount you get is a lot. In other cases, you do not get as much as this. So this is a good one to fill out the claim form for. If however, you would like to know about your other options, you can also ask that question.
The settlement administrator will most probably be able to advise you on what you need to do in terms of your other options. One of these options is for you to be excluded. This means that you will not get any compensation. I do not suggest you do this, but you can if you wanted to. When you do this, you will be able to sue the AT&T if you want. However you may not get more than what you are getting now from the AT&T Long Distance Rate Disclosure Class Action Lawsuit Settlement. So decide carefully what you would like to do as anything that you do has deadline and legal consequences.
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