5th Circ. Nixes La. Gov't Class In Centennial Wireless Suit

Law360, New York (October 29, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday decertified a class of nearly 300 Louisiana government entities that sued AT&T Inc. unit Centennial Beauregard Cellular LLC over its allegedly deceptive billing practices, ruling that the group’s certification did not follow federal standards.

A three-judge panel said the district court's requirement that 299 certified parish police juries, school boards and other local entities — which sued Centennial for overcharging them by rounding partial-minute telephone calls to the next full minute — obtain private counsel violated federal class certification standards because...
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