AT&T's wireless unit sued for taxing consumers


Author: Péralte Paul

AT&T faces a potential class action lawsuit over fees its Atlanta-based mobile phone unit collects related to wireless data and Internet plans. The suit, filed this week by Robert Wilhite in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, argues that the fees are really taxes that AT&T is barred from collecting. It seeks unspecified damages and for AT&T to fees collected to its wireless customers. The suit, one of 30 filed across the country since November that make similar claims against AT&T, says the fees violate the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. That law prohibits state and local governments from imposing taxes on Internet access between Nov. 1, 2003 and Nov. 1, 2014.

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