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.