Sprint Asks High Court To Hear Termination Fee Fight

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT) -- A unit of Sprint Nextel Corp. asked the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month to review a California appeals court's decision invalidating fees Sprint charged a class of consumers for early termination of contracts, saying federal law preempted the plaintiffs' claims.

Sprint Spectrum LP is challenging a California appeals court's affirmation of a trial court's decision, which held that the fees Sprint charged customers for breaking cellphone contracts were improper liquidated damages under state law.

Sprint said in its petition on Sept. 13 that the ruling...
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