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Third Party Mobile Content Charges Settlement

This is a settlement for the Media/Telecom lawsuit.

Chicago, IL: A group of mobile content providers, including Cylon, Cellfish Media, Predicto Mobile, Too Lazy, the application provider 3C Interactive, and the aggregator OpenMarket, have agreed to settle a number of class action lawsuits against them, involving claims that these companies charged wireless subscribers for "mobile content" without authorization. To be clear, the Defendants have denied any wrongful conduct, and the settlement is in no way a judgment or ruling by the Court that any party engaged in any wrongful or illegal conduct.

"Mobile content" refers to electronic products such as ringtones, games, graphics, news, and other alerts that are provided through mobile phones and are charged directly to consumers' mobile phone bills. Although a relatively new form of commerce, mobile content has evolved to form a large and increasingly important industry.

The settlement has been preliminarily approved by the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois; it provides for refunds for unauthorized mobile content charges to settlement members, and attorney's fees of up to $3.2 million. Settlement members are eligible to receive a one-time cash award of $10.00, or a refund of up to three months of content subscription charges. Per the lawsuits FAQ's: Members of the settlement class include any person in the U.S. and its territories who, at any time prior to September 13, 2010, was billed and paid for unauthorized content from any of the settling Defendants.

Individuals can find out if they are eligible by scanning past phone records for short codes that identify the various mobile content companies. Participants in the AT&T, Mobile Messenger, Media Breakaway, mBlox, m-Qube or Jamster! Settlements are not eligible.

In addition to the payout, the Defendants are required to agree to adhere to certain guidelines for mobile content sales and marketing--including properly disclosing billing terms--as well as promptly refunding unauthorized content.

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Published on Sep-21-10


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T mobile issued me alot of disclosed charges & suspended my service. When I tried to return our cell phones, T-Mobile wouldn't take phones back & charged me high prices for phones, despite all the phones I paid for. In order to upgrade you must return your paid off phone to be stuck with a higher bill to pay off new phones


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