Washington Upholds ATT Customer's Right To Class Action

In another step towards the impending demise of mandatory binding arbitration, a customer’s right to file a class-action lawsuit against AT&T Wireless was upheld by Washington Supreme Court yesterday.

The court ruled the class-action waiver clause, included in every single cellphone contract and many other types of contracts, was “unconscionable,” as it denied consumers basic protections. Here’s the kill quote from the Opinion: “Courts will not be easily deceived by attempts to unilaterally strip away consumer protections and remedies by efforts to cloak the waiver of important rights under an arbitration clause.”

Read full Supreme Court Ruling here.

Court says AT&T can’t force arbitration [Seattle Post-Intelligencer] (Thanks to Mark!) (Photo: Todd Kravos)