AT&T Inks $12M Deal To Settle Data Throttling Suit

By Melissa Angell (January 29, 2021, 11:13 PM EST) -- A proposed class of consumers asked a California federal judge on Friday to preliminarily approve a $12 million settlement that would resolve claims in a more than 5-year-old suit alleging that AT&T misrepresented its unlimited cellphone data plans.

The payments for the proposed class would be divided into two groups, Groups A and B, where the two diverge based on when the telecom giant adopted its "pre-congestion aware throttling" practice. In the 33-page motion for preliminary approval, class counsel said they intend to request up to 25% of the fund, or $3 million, to cover attorney fees.

"The proposed settlement provides considerable...

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