Alameda County, California Superior Court Judge Bonnie Sabraw has ordered Sprint to pay $54.7 million in fees back to customers who were charged erroneous early termination fees but didn’t pay them and $18.2 in cash to those customers that actually paid the bogus charges. This lawsuit is so popular you can catch a whole page in the www.yellowpages.com about it.
It is probably safe to call the $73 million that Sprint was ordered a drop in the bucket if the ruling stands. Sprint has two weeks to respond to the judgement. What may be worse for Sprint than the $73 million is the rejection of Sprint’s argument that federal law pre-empts California law which means that more states may come after Sprint individually as compared to one big federal case which may come as well.
They are so screwed. More great PR from them.
Is anyone dealing with this elsewhere? Sprint misrepresented the agreement by failing to disclose to me that the early termination fee would be charged per line.