11th Circ. Rejects AT&T Bid To Nix $15.5M USF Award

Law360, New York (September 21, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a $16.5 million judgment against AT&T Corp., ruling that the telecommunications giant's California residential customers could sue the company for breaching its contracts by overcharging users for universal service fund fees.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit refused on Monday to overturn or trim the $10.9 million verdict and $5.5 million in interest awarded to plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation over telephone companies' billing practices.

Though the wide-ranging case...
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