The U.S. Supreme Court enforces carriers' arbitration clauses
But the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of companies' right to force arbitration. The decision came from AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, in which the Concepcion family was charged sales tax on supposedly 'free' phones, and filed a class-action suit against AT&T. AT&T argued that the case should be dismissed because of the arbitration clause.
While the Concepcion family won in both California, and the Ninth Circuit Court, the Supreme Court ruled (5-4) that companies could enforce their arbitration clauses. That means that companies, like AT&T and other wireless carriers, will be able to confine customer dissent to individual arbitration, rather than class-action suits. While that means tremendous savings for carriers' legal departments, it also represents a loss of leverage for customers.
source: Ars Technica via Engadget
1. JeffdaBeat posted on 29 Apr 2011, 16:08 0 1
Ugh...stupid cell phone companies. Folks have to know what they are signing up for. This works out fanstically for the cell companies because people can't just opt into a lawsuit, they have to do it one at a time. Most will just take the charges and move on...sucks for the customer, but it's your signature...
2. Sniggly posted on 29 Apr 2011, 17:13 0 2
Lol. You can thank the government for the sales tax on a free item. And the family was fucking stupid to sue over it. They probably could have argued for a credit on their next bill instead.
5. Rawrzellers posted on 30 Apr 2011, 14:26 0 1
Haha anyone catch the HumancentiPAD episode of south park? Make sure you read your contracts.