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California judge rules cell phone termination fees illegal

California judge rules cell phone termination fees illegal

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California judge rules cell phone termination fees illegal
Submitted byCellG eek on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 9:49pm.
If you think cell phone termination fees are unfair well get this... the government actually agrees
with you.

California Superior Court Judge Bonnie Sabraw has just issued a tentative ruling against Sprint, and for a class action suit of Sprint customers, stating that the terminations fees are illegal. Sprint must pay $18.3 to customers who paid the fee, and another $54.8 in credit to the customers who refused to pay the fee.

I have no idea why the people who did pay the fee are getting a lesser amount than the people
who didn't.

Sprint's argument hinged that the termination fees are necessary to recoup the cost subsidizing
the lower price of the customers cell phone, but Sabraw found no evidence that the fee was
anything but a way to discourage the customer from leaving.

Though the ruling is a blow to cell phone carriers, it only applies to the state of California and
very likely will still be overruled in the appeals process.
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