Location: Phillips County, Arkansas
Plaintiff: Kelly Leoppard, Martha Wright, and Ozzie Griffin, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated
Defendant: Alltel Communications, Inc.
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Claims of usury, breach of contract for overbilling and deceptive trade practices
Our clients alleged that Alltel Communications, Inc. breached its contract with customers by charging unauthorized amounts and violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Article 19, §13 of the Arkansas Constitution by charging usurious interest on past due accounts. The company also engaged in a deceptive trade practice in the marketing, sale and implementation of its calling plans.
Alltel charged more than 200,000 Arkansas customers late payment fees that were not authorized by the company’s contracts with customers for cellular service. The company routinely charged its customers in Arkansas interest that exceeded 5 percent above the federal discount rate, which violated Article 19, §13 of the Arkansas Constitution. Alltel also charged customers for long distance and roaming fees even when customers were placing and receiving calls in local calling areas.
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