Home » Consumer News »Public Policy & Gov't »Verizon » Currently Reading:

Verizon Wireless’ ‘America’s Choice’ Customers Receiving Class Action Benefits

Phillip Dampier July 26, 2012 Consumer News, Public Policy & Gov't, Verizon 5 Comments

If you were or remain a customer of Verizon Wireless under either their America’s Choice I or America’s Choice II plans (unavailable to new customers), a class action settlement benefit should be arriving in your mailbox this week.

In July 2005, a lawsuit was brought against Verizon Wireless alleging the company improperly assessed roaming charges on customers. Cowit et al. v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless was filed in Hamilton County, Ohio. In eventually became a nationwide class action case.

The two sides reached a settlement for all America’s Choice customers, one that considerably benefits the plaintiff’s lawyers. They will receive attorney’s fees, costs and incentive awards not to exceed $6 million dollars. The original complainant, Barry Koblenz, will receive a check in the mail from Verizon Wireless for the princely sum of $50. Koblenz can also apply for an “incentive award” not to exceed $10,000. Other Class Representatives can apply for their own awards not to exceed $20,000 each.

What do customers get? Not much:

  • Customers who did not submit a valid claim to participate in the action by the fall of 2011 will receive 25 additional calling minutes good on any Verizon Wireless plan when you exceed your current calling allowance. The minutes expire in one year.
  • Customers who submitted a valid claim will receive a transferable long distance calling “card” worth up to 40 minutes of domestic long distance calling (or around 13 minutes of international calling) valid for 24 months.
  • All affected customers enrolled in an unlimited calling plan will receive the long distance calling “card” as described above.
Verizon Wireless denies all wrongdoing.

Currently there are 5 comments on this Article:

  1. Alan says:

    Check out tons of class action settlement claims at http://www.mysettlementclaims.com. I already claimed $400. This is legit. Gotta keep these companies accountable!

    • sgt says:

      Keep them accountable? What a joke. The attornies benefit. Nothing really gets changed and the ‘companies’ go merrily on their theiving ways. If the people that they damage were really given some compensation, it just might make a difference, but, as it is right now, these companies make agreements with the greedy attorneys and walk away with a smile!

      We Americans have become ‘suckers’ by not thinking things through.

    • Scott says:

      Settlements are exactly that, a settlement between the company and lawyers that leaves large amounts of money in both of their pockets so business can continue as usual.

      These are slaps on the wrist, not an admission of guilt, and purely a calculation by the defendant on how they can still profit yet pay the lawyers enough but not too much to justify them to go away.

      I do find it funny now days that many of the settlements are disbursing the funds primarily to non-profits and the lawyers primarily with a token amount to the named individuals that brought it forward, then finally some service credits for anyone else.

  2. Kevin says:

    What do customers get? Not much:

    Exactly. This is why I never claim benefits or participate in class actions. Until the day a class action can net me some real compensation (read a few hundred to couple thousand dollars) I am not interested.

  3. Judy says:

    I just received my ‘free’ minutes in the mail. The lawyers should be embarrassed. They got paid 6 million!

    If someone wants to use the free minutes to call their loved ones serving in Afghanistan, they get 3 minutes out of this deal.

    If someone wants to use them to call Mexico, they get 13 minutes.

    How is this holding anyone accountable? 40 minutes of free long distance service in the US when most people get that included in their plans for free now! Really guys!

Search This Site:

Contributions:

Recent Comments:

  • William: I seem to be in the same situation. These are a few of the points I demand a solution to. Many of my clients have been paying for DSL Max though t...
  • finest food: Wonderful site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I'd real...
  • diet pills work: Very good blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I'd really love ...
  • body boost: Hello, this weekend is good in favor of me, because this point in time i am reading this fantastic educational article here at my house....
  • Michael: I had U300 & 24mpgs (Max Turbo) internet. I called - spoke to a nice lady, who tried to rebundle me with a home line - not interested. I was alrea...
  • Kate: My 2 year contract expired in September and the bill jumped $50.00 for a bundle of voice, internet, and tv. I compared packages with competitors f...
  • AC: I have this distinct feeling that nothing will change since they pretty much never lift a finger and the revolving door bureaucracy will keep milking ...
  • Jim Livermore: I don't watch enough on YouTube to really notice, but the option to pay for an ad-free experience would be nice. I have noticed Hulu+ is lowering the ...
  • Rob: Interesting that big cable's response has absolutely nothing to do with the internet speed C Spire's Fiber to the Home is bringing to Mississippians. ...
  • C: It's about time they do something about this problem. I've been an AT&T customer for 10yrs and this month was the first time I went over the 5gb a...
  • d0764: I would actually be ok with paying $5 a month to get rid of the ads. As long as the only thing that goes are the ads with the subscription. The rest b...
  • Herb Finn: Weigel also licences the bulk of the key and evergreen classic TV shows in the CBS owned CBS/Viacom/Desilu/Paramount/Speling TV library, so they HAD t...

Your Account: