AT&T Settles Class-Action Over Mobile Web Taxes, Still Leaves Questions Unanswered

AT&T has been caught up in a class-action lawsuit stemming from taxes billed to subscribers using data plans.  The operator started sending out SMS messages to subscribers last week regarding a future refund, though details on the settlement and the lawsuit’s background is still largely unknown. As part of the settlement, AT&T will refund taxes …   Read More

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AT&T has been caught up in a class-action lawsuit stemming from taxes billed to subscribers using data plans.  The operator started sending out SMS messages to subscribers last week regarding a future refund, though details on the settlement and the lawsuit’s background is still largely unknown.

As part of the settlement, AT&T will refund taxes billed to users for mobile Internet services rendered between November 1, 2005 and September 7, 2010.  The lawsuit was filed against the operator from plaintiffs who claimed that AT&T had violated the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act.  This act prohibits state and local governments from levying taxes on Internet access between November 2003 and November 2014, though apparently AT&T kept collecting anyway.

A Website was created to give information about the lawsuit, though several important questions remain unanswered.  First of all, there’s still no mention of how much AT&T collected wrongly, or how many mobile data users it affects.  I for one have two AT&T accounts with data plans and have never received an SMS regarding the lawsuit like many others have.  Another big question is what AT&T will have to pay out for this mistake.  In the last quarter alone, AT&T reported revenues of $4.8 billion from wireless data services, and this settlement covers the last five years.

It’s also likely that AT&T isn’t the only operator who’s been collecting these taxes.  I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more about this in the near future.  Leave us a comment if you’ve been affected by this lawsuit.  Has anyone received an SMS regarding a refund?

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16 comments

  1. diane

    to fill a claim on the web go to http://www.attmuscsettlement.com
    or call 1800-3306315
    this came to me on a post car from AT&t mobility universal services fund

  2. gordon kellysr.

    i was not happy with services from at&t. i left them had to pay them for several monthes after i discontinued thier services.

  3. God

    MAt&t not part of apple, then how is it i wanted to replace my broken i phone,still under warranty,apple said nobecause i ended my horrible at&t overcharged expierience!

  4. Kim D

    I recieved a text message and it disappeared as fast as it was delivered. Stupid question, but does AT&T have the right to remove messages from our text database? It seems that a lot of people are saying they never recieved the text concerning the lawsuit. Seems to me that maybe this crooked company, most of them are, may be intercepting these text messages. Any thoughts or comments?

  5. Kenneth Ellis

    And laso where do you go to collect what is rightfully yours

  6. Kenneth Ellis

    how do you find out if you are eligible for a settlement or not.Please send info to rue222562001@yahoo.com from ken in Oklahoma

  7. Jackie

    Felt this was true because I had At&t and switched my service to another phone service, because I felt I was being over charged.

  8. guest

    i got the notice and followed the link and it didn't take me anywhere close to where I needed to be. So I googled the number and it brought me right to this site. I will be checking back to see how this is progressing.

  9. Guest

    I didn't follow the link because I thought it was a phishing scam

  10. jhozer

    I have received the text message two times now. I have gone to the website that they give you and it just has links to a bunch of sites. I had to dig to find this website. I have not tried the phone number yet.

  11. belmarshall

    Just got a text today. Not sure what I am supposed to do with this. Generally we should get a form or something to sign to add ourselves to this suit. I'm not entirely sure but it seems odd that this is the first anyone has heard of it and the texts are taking days to get to people. Guess we will see what happens.

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  14. Jeff

    i got the text and it reads. . .

    AT&T Free Msg: NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT – You may be entitled to benefits under a class settlement-Go to http://www.attmsettlement.com or call 1-877-905-8928.

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  16. Brad

    Just received my text today. I have had an iPhone since day one, and love the phone, but not happy about how they have the plans set up different for iphone users. Each of my family members have an iphone so the data plan alone cost us $120.00 per month! They finally offer a smaller package for $15.00 but the data is far from half of the $30.00 plan

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