Verizon and AT&T mobility settlement reaching $116 Million was in the news September 24, 2020. This is a settlement from the whistleblower lawsuit under the California False Claims Act alleging the carriers had been overcharging California government customers for over 10 years by failing to honor contractual stipulations where they would regularly modify accounts for the best wireless rate plans and provide them with the lowest rate available. While claiming they had honored their contracts and that the allegations were “meritless” Verizon and AT&T Mobility still saw fit to settle with the complainant for $68 million and $48 million dollars respectively.
Earlier in the proceedings T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to pay a combined settlement of $9.6 million dollars.
More than 300 California government entities were affected by AT&T and Verizon incorrect billing. The largest users were the California University systems and the state of California. In addition, the county of Los Angeles, the cites of San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside and various county governments.
After completing their own investigation, The California Attorney General’s Office declined to sue the carriers. So, in 2012, OnTheGo Wireless, LLC filed a suit after a software rate analysis revealed the lowest rates were not being offered by AT&T and Verizon.
The False Claims Act allows independent lawsuits on behalf of the state. OnTheGo LLC will receive approximately 40% of the settlement said OnTheGo in a statement.
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