Overview Of The Proposed Settlement
Barry Road Associates, Inc., d/b/a Minsky’s Pizza, et al. v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, d/b/a AT&T Missouri, Case No. 1016-CV02438
If, after November 1, 2009, you paid a charge on an AT&T landline telephone bill sent in Missouri to compensate the company for back tax payments it made to certain Missouri municipalities, you may be eligible for benefits from a class action settlement.
A Missouri-wide settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit in which the plaintiffs allege that AT&T improperly passed-through to its customers, as a line-item charge on their landline telephone bills, back tax payments AT&T made to certain Missouri municipalities.
Who is Included?
You are a member of the Settlement Class if:
- You are a current or former business or residential landline telephone customer of AT&T located in Missouri who paid at least one temporary monthly surcharge charged by AT&T to pass through payments made by it to settle the back tax collection lawsuits styled, City of Wellston, Mo., et al. v. SBC Communications, Inc., et al., Case No. 044-02645 (filed December 30, 2004, St. Louis City Cir. Ct.); City of Springfield v. AT&T Missouri., et al., No. 04-4099-cv (filed May 14, 2004, W.D. Mo.); and St. Louis County, Missouri v. AT&T Corp., et al., No. 08SL-CC00125 (filed Jan. 11, 2008, St. Louis County Cir. Ct.).
This Settlement Class is further divided into three subclasses. You may only be a member of one of these subclasses, and the settlement benefit you may be entitled to receive is dependent on the subclass to which you belong.
What does the Settlement Provide?
Class Members will be eligible for the following benefits:
- Subclass A Settlement Class Members:
- Subclass A Settlement Class Members who are Current Landline Customers will receive a bill credit for each telephone line on their account that could range from $0.59 to $52.50.
- Subclass A Settlement Class Members who are Former Landline Customers will receive a refund check for each telephone line on their account that could range from $0.59 to $52.50.
- Subclass B Settlement Class Members:
AT&T will stop charging the Pass-Through Charge in each city in which a Subclass B Class Member paid the Pass-Through Charge as of the date on which AT&T originally estimated the charge to terminate. A list of the cities and dates for residential landline customers in Subclass B may be found in Appendix B-1 to the Long-Form Notice. A list of the cities and dates for business landline customers in Subclass B may be found in Appendix B-2 to the Long-Form Notice.
- Subclass C Settlement Class Members:
Subclass C Settlement Class Members who submit a Claim Form that is approved will be eligible to receive one calling card with a face value of $5.00.
What are my Options?
- SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM. If you are a member of Subclass C, you may have submitted a Claim Form to request certain benefits. You may have filed a Claim Form online or printed out a copy of the Claim Form to mail. If you are a member of Subclass A or Subclass B, you did not need to take any action in order to receive the benefit to which you are entitled. For a description of the 3 different subclasses of Settlement Class Members, Click Here.
- EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT. Members of Subclass B were not able to exclude themselves from the Settlement Class. Members of Subclass A and Subclass C may have excluded themselves (“opted-out”) from the Settlement Class by submitting a written Request for Exclusion on this website by July 1, 2013, or by sending a written Request for Exclusion to the Settlement Administrator postmarked no later than July 1, 2013.
- OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT. If you did not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you may have objected to it by filing an objection with the Court Clerk and sending it to Defendant’s Counsel and Settlement Class Counsel, postmarked by July 1, 2013.
- DO NOTHING. If you fall within the class definition, you may have remained in the class by doing nothing and would be bound by the release and judgment in the lawsuit. If you did not file a Claim Form, you will not receive any benefits.
Please consult the Notice for more details on your options.
Final Approval Hearing
The Court held a hearing in this case, Barry Road Associates, Inc., d/b/a Minsky’s Pizza, et al. v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, d/b/a AT&T Missouri, No. 1016-CV02438, on July 31, 2013, to approve the Settlement. You or your lawyer may have asked to attend the hearing. For more information, please consult the Notice.