Tuesday, June 22, 2010
News: Wisconsin Verizon Customers May Be Entitled To Money!
Maybe stung by criticisms that the Department of Justice doesn't do anything to protect Wisconsin Consumers and/or enforce Wisconsin's consumer protection laws, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen took a break from fighting terrorism to help literally tens of people against Verizon Wireless.
The State of Wisconsin sued Verizon for improperly -- allegedly-- unauthorized billing; the complaint sets forth a barebones allegation that Verizon in 2008 began billing some of its customers for services the customers had actually subscribed for through a company called "Powercom."
The complaint also asserts that the allegations violate the Wisconsin Administrative Code's regulations governing Verizon, and seeks relief under section 100.20, Stats. That section allows for consumers how have been harmed by violations of some regulations to get not only reimbursement of their money -- but in fact to get double their money back, plus their attorney's fees.
While the State says it's seeking reimbursement for the customers, I wouldn't hold my breath. Instead, if you're a Verizon customer, go ahead and look at your bills and see if the charges you've been hit with were ones you actually owed. If they weren't, call a lawyer, or call Verizon.