NY Assembly Passes Anti-Cramming Bill For Phone Charges

Law360, New York (June 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT) -- The New York State Assembly on Monday passed legislation that would ban phone and cable companies in New York from tacking on third-party charges to customers’ phone bills in a process called “cramming” that’s come under attack from consumer advocates.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Skartados, the bill, A 10256, prevents cramming and excuses phone customers from liability for charges they didn’t authorize. Cramming is defined in the bill as the inclusion of charges on phone bills that are unauthorized or that were authorized through deceptive practices....
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