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[–] ggolemg 0 points 57 points (+57|-0) ago 

But consumers are unlikely to receive any money from the fine, which will go instead to the U.S. Treasury, said the agency official.

There's the reason it's even happening.

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[–] HilariouslyViolent 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm not really versed in class actions, but is the right waiveable? I swear I've seen contracts that try to have you waive your ability to participate in class action suits.

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[–] AustNerevar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not possible. AT&T users sign away the right to participate in a class action suit when they sign their AT&T contract. you can only seek retribution through small claims or by arbitration.

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[–] Einmensch 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

What check? As others have pointed out this is a fine, not a class action lawsuit.

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[–] Apoplectic1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We need to file a suit to have any claim on money from them. This was just a fine, much like one you would have to pay for getting a speeding ticket.

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[–] Entitilitus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Occupy Wall Street?

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[–] Quatroking 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

And they would be ignored :(

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[–] openmind 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

So consumers will ending up paying for the fine through higher fees. If fines go anywhere else than to the customers/injured then the system will be abused by whoever is getting the funds. At least if the fines could be used by customers legal fees for a class action.

How can anyone expect punitive fines going to the treasury NOT to be abused sometimes? Some fines will therefore be unjust, distort the market and make conditions worse for consumers when the intention was to improve the environment.

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[–] reshp1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If it goes to investigating more ISPs, I'm ok with that.

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[–] openmind 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It should have gone to the customers since that $100 million will end up being charged to customers via higher prices. This punitive system just forces ATT to change their language and charge customers more. If the ISP market is to be improved then more competitors have to be encouraged to serve the market.