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18 responses to “Sprint ETF Settlement a Raw Deal for Consumers: How you can (easily) fight back (Updated)”

  1. Brad

    Most class actions claims end up with only the attorneys making out like bandits with dump truck loads of cash and the consumer generally getting a coupon. I’m not a fan of class actions claims.

  2. Brian

    You mean the only people who made out in a class action lawsuit are the lawyers? The horror, who could’ve forseen that? Class action lawsuits are chased down by lawyers for that very reason. They get million dollar payouts, the company has to pay out millions and spend millions on defense, and the customers get very little, plus the likelihood of higher rates to offset legal costs. If you get approached by a lawyer to participate in a class action lawsuit, tell them to pound sand.

  3. Mufreq

    Of course the lawyers make out like bandits on these cases…it was them that originated the concept! And to the people that got nailed with ETF….they are the one’s that entered the contract knowingly so suck it up and pay the price for your decision! This kind of crud is what is taking the world down the toilet…no one being held accountable for their actions.

  4. ken

    I don’t understand. When customers sign the agreements, the terms states the cancellation is $200 if the customer cancels before the two year agreement is up. What is this class action suit saying Sprint(or Verizon a couple months ago–similar situation)did that was not on the contract?

  5. Terry S

    Chris, my job purchased me a Storm and is now paying for my monthly plan on Verizon. I cancelled my plan and my number was ported over from Sprint which I’ve had for like 8 yrs. I had purchased a Pearl from Sprint in Nov 2007 and had a year left on my 2 yr contract. I know there was all this talk of them changing something in regards to a fee and people could get out of their contract and not pay an ETF. I received a bill the other day with my ETF fee on it. Can I call them up and try to get the whole $200 waved from Sprint directly and mention I shouldn’t have to pay an ETF because of the change they had in the terms(of course I’d have to get a copy of it in my hands so I know what I was talking about before I called and all :b)? Should I pay like $110 and then do the settlement thing because they would eventually credit me $90 for the difference? What do you suggest?

  6. Cohn Helmut

    Class action attorney Paul Weiss faces charges of assault and battery by
    three women who worked at his Chicago law firm, Freed & Weiss, according to
    a complaint filed against him by the Illinois Attorney Registration and
    Discipline Commission (ARDC).

    Weiss was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1997 for making obscene
    phone calls to several women, including a minor whom he’d seen at a high
    school volleyball game.

    The new complaint was entered Dec. 4 — the same day a New Jersey court gave
    preliminary approval to a Sprint class action settlement in which Weiss,
    class counsel, stands to share $4.6 million in attorneys’ fees.

    Weiss, whose firm has been among the most active class action counsel in
    Madison and St. Clair counties, is alleged to have violated the Illinois
    Rules of Professional Conduct. The allegations, according to the complaint
    amended on Jan. 5, include:

    a.. In the summer of 2003, he approached an 18-year-old file clerk who “was
    walking down the hall dressed in a khaki skirt and black shirt. Respondent
    came up behind her, said ‘you look great,’ and then grabbed her buttocks and
    said, ‘I just wanted you to know that.'”

    a.. The file clerk was the half-sister of a legal assistant employed at the
    firm, who claims that in her first week of employment in 2001, at age 19,
    Weiss allegedly “brought her into a new office space, stood extremely close
    to her, and made a comment to her about wanting to kiss her.”

    The complaint itemizes several instances of alleged assault and battery, as
    well as instances of repeated telephone harassment. It also states, “At some
    time after January 7, 2003, Respondent cornered (legal assistant) while she
    was on her way to the office restroom.

    “Respondent then forced (legal assistant) into a stairwell where he
    attempted to kiss her. Respondent grabbed (legal assistant’s) breasts,
    touched her vagina over her clothing and attempted to put his hand down her
    pants. When (legal assistant) resisted Respondent’s advances, Respondent
    exposed himself and masturbated until he ejaculated on the stairwell wall.
    During this incident, (legal assistant) repeatedly requested that he release
    her and stop what he was doing.”

    a.. An associate attorney hired in 2002 claims she was terminated at the end
    of her first year after rebuffing Weiss’s advances.
    “On September 13, 2002, Respondent entered (associate’s) office to discuss a
    legal matter. Respondent then interjected, ‘You know, you need to start
    coming in here wearing some low-cut (expletive) because sex sells.’
    (Associate) replied with disgust, that sex had nothing to do with work.”

    The ARDC claims Weiss has engaged in misconduct by committing criminal acts
    and has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and
    which tends to bring the courts or legal profession into disrepute.

    Jerome Larkin, ARDC administrator, and his counsel, Wendy Muchman, have
    asked the matter be assigned to a hearing board panel, that a hearing be
    held, and that a recommendation for discipline be made as warranted.

    Court records related to Weiss’s 1997 suspension indicated that he had been
    diagnosed with a mental condition called telephone scatologia, a psychiatric
    disorder characterized by a recurrent urge or fantasy to make obscene
    telephone calls.

    His suspension lasted 30 days and he was placed on probation by the ARDC for
    two years. Weiss moved to Seattle and practiced law there while his
    punishment was meted out in Illinois.

    Weiss resumed practice in Illinois in 1998, where he began securing large
    verdicts and settlements as co-lead counsel on several class-action suits in
    Madison County with Brad Lakin of the Lakin Law Firm.

    But the firms had a falling out in 2006 and filed suits and counter suits
    over control of class actions.

    Last year, the Lakin Law Firm settled a Madison County suit against Freed
    and Weiss, and Freed and Weiss settled a Cook County suit against the Lakin
    firm.

    But the detente was short-lived as the two firms recently renewed their
    battle over competing Sprint class actions.

    Two days after taking office, Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth
    denied Lakin’s emergency motion for a restraining order against Freed &
    Weiss and Sprint involving the New Jersey class action.

    At a Dec. 3 hearing, Ruth played referee between Lakin and Richard Burke,
    who teamed with Freed & Weiss after Lakin fired him.

    The new judge inherited the case from retiring judge Nicholas Byron, who
    certified a national class action against Sprint and appointed Lakin’s firm
    as class counsel.

  7. Cohn Helmut

    Class Counsel at Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Attn: Sprint ETF Settlement, 5 Becker Farm Road, Roseland, New Jersey 07068

    James Cecchi, the attorney of the case who apparently settled with Sprint. His wife works as a magistrate judge in the court wehre the case was settled. According to Google, she has worked on several cases with Judge Linares.

    Make your own conclusions.

  8. Wicked Monkey

    went on settlement website, it state that the case was done through mediation or arbitration with some former judge Politan. James Cecchi according to the website of Carell Byrne bain worked for this former judge at some point. This Cecchi dude has his wife working in the same court house wehre the case is settled and has a former boss working on the settlment. Nice gig.

  9. Assualted Intern

    The 2nd complaint was filed on the 4th of Decemebr. On December 5, 2008, the Court preliminarily approved the Settlement. How the f is that possible.

  10. Seth

    Does the settlement only provide $90 for the entire account cancellation? Because we were charged $850 for canceling 4 lines of service. To make a long story short, several reps told us the contract date was different than it was supposed to be(which we have e-mails confirming this) and when we canceled our account they denied what the reps had told us. We then said we’re not paying for it because we have these e-mails confirming it. They then told us they were going to turn us over the creditors and ruin our credit, so we paid them…

  11. Derrick

    The funny thing is no one is seeing the other side of this agruement. Early terms were created to stop unscrupulous people from getting discounted phones, stopping thier service and just turning around and selling them for profit.

    Phone carriers do not manufacture the phones for thier service so they do not just simple get them for free to give to customers. Just like your cable company does not make TVs to use with thier cable service. So in the end its the few that screw it up for the rest of us because the same people who complained they were forced to sign a contract will be the same people complaining that they now have to pay full retail price for phones.

  12. Allyson

    The settlement site still (or perhaps again) includes the statement, “Please do not call or write to Sprint Nextel, their attorneys or the Court regarding this settlement,” at both the top and bottom of the home page.

  13. karl

    i was forced into paying $125 early termination fee when a year was unknowingly added in the middle of my 2 year contract,making it three years . I was told, after arguing and calling the better buisness bureau ,it was bieng investigated ,and taking my individual case further would cost much more than the $125. I am no longer a sprint user so i would not need any sprint coupons only a check will do even $90.

  14. Dora Greer

    I was charges $ 200.00 cancellation fee
    reason fo cancllation no service when we wenton vaation, and Sprint comfirmes they did not service Rosehill, Va
    I have alrasy paid them $100.00

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