Judge Approves Modified Verizon 'Cramming' Settlement

By Gavin Broady (August 29, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday approved an adjusted class settlement between Verizon Communications Inc. and consumers who say they were hit with unauthorized third-party charges on landline phone bills, but said the court was reviewing a $7.5 million attorneys' fee award.

U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong gave the final nod to a deal that would resolve allegations that Verizon failed to include safeguards in its third-party billing and collection system to prevent "cramming" — the addition of unauthorized charges onto customers' bills. The settlement, which Judge Armstrong preliminarily approved in February 2012, offers class members either a $40...

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