Customers Must Arbitrate TWC Modem Fee Dispute

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina federal judge on Monday tossed two consolidated proposed class actions accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of breaching its contract with consumers by imposing an equipment lease fee, finding the contract clearly calls for arbitration.

The plaintiffs alleged they entered into individual contracts with TWC, under which they agreed to purchase cable and Internet services. In the fall of 2012, TWC imposed a new equipment lease fee for modems, prompting the plaintiffs’ claims that the new modem fee constituted a breach of the agreements....
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