JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
The Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office has received inquiries about checks received in the mail recently by 500,000 Mississippi consumers. The checks are being sent following a 2011 settlement directed at taxes, fees and surcharges that AT&T placed on users. AT&T admitted no wrongdoing in the 2011 settlement, but the company did agree to pay benefits to affected consumers. Consumers were not required to take any action to receive the benefits.
"Because we frequently warn consumers about not cashing unsolicited checks, we want to make sure that consumers are aware of the possibility of receiving a check in this class action settlement," said Attorney General Hood. "Although this settlement was not handled by our office, it is a court-approved settlement." This settlement is not related to the cramming settlements Attorney General Hood, fellow attorneys general and federal agencies entered into with AT&T and other mobile carriers to address alleged cramming practices.
If the consumer paid taxes, fees or surcharges to AT&T Mobility on internet access through certain services including iPhone data plans, Blackberry data plans, other smart phone data plans, laptop connect cards and pay-per-use data services on bills issued from November 1, 2005 up to and including September 7, 2010, then he/she are eligible for payment. More general information about the AT&T Mobility Settlement is available athttp://www.attmsettlement.com/FAQs.aspx. If you receive a check for this settlement, you can verify the check by calling 877-905-8928 or you can visit www.attmsettlement.com.