Narrowing Scope Of Wash. Consumer Protection Act

Law360, New York (January 29, 2010, 5:01 PM EST) -- In a landmark and divided ruling, the Washington Supreme Court declined an invitation to turn Washington into "a locus of nationwide class action litigation." Schnall v. AT&T Wireless Inc., Case No. 80572-5 (Wash. Jan. 21, 2009).

The Schnall case was filed by individuals who claimed that certain charges violated their contracts with AT&T Wireless (by increasing a charge without notice) and violated the Consumer Protection Act (by misrepresenting the nature of the charge).

Plaintiffs proposed that a class of AT&T Wireless's customers from across the country...
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