Virgin Mobile Arbitration Pacts Sink Deposit Refund Class

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT) -- A cellphone customer's evasion of arbitration failed to save her class certification bid Wednesday in a suit against Virgin Mobile USA LP over allegedly unrefunded deposits, with a judge ruling that most other customers appeared to have signed arbitration agreements.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez denied a class certification motion filed in California federal court by plaintiff Heejim Lim, a former Helio LLC customer. Lim claims the company collected refundable security deposits from her when she signed up for a cellphone service plan, but never...
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