Texas Sues Sprint For Deceptive Billing Practices

The Texas Attorney General today filed suit against Sprint over their false and misleading billing practices.

    “Abbot said Sprint Nextel began charging Texas customers a 1-percent fee in January, claiming it was necessary to reimburse the carrier for a state-imposed tax. Sprint Nextel, according to Abbot, describes the fee as a “Texas Margin Fee Reimbursement,” wording the lawsuit alleges is deceptive because the tax does not become effective until Jan. 1, 2008, and has not been set at a 1 percent rate.

    …Abbot’s lawsuit, which requests temporary and permanent injunctions against Sprint Nextel, asks the court to halt the alleged deceptive billings and to compel the carrier to reimburse all customers who paid this fee. The suit also seeks civil penalties of $20,000 per violation under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.”

Don’t mess with Texas. — BEN POPKEN

Texas sues Sprint Nextel over ‘false, misleading and deceptive’ billing [RCR Wireless]

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  1. homerjay says:

    Wow, all the Sprint hate going on this week. And I was seriously planning on switching my company’s cell phones over to Sprint. I think I’ll just stick with the devil I know.

  2. bhall03 says:

    Be nice to see them go after the other cell companies also…

  3. radiofree says:

    With Ann RIchards gone, with Molly Ivins gone, with Jim Hightower off doing who-knows-what, and with Kinky Freedman, um … what’s he doing now? … it’s nice to be able to root for Texas again.

  4. batasrki says:

    At least someone is doing something about the idiotic practices of telcos.

  5. thrillhouse says:

    The Texas government going after someone for deception…

    “Pot, I’d like you to meet the Kettle”

  6. r3m0t says:

    Excellent.