California benefits most from T-Mobile settlement

Dec 19, 2014 4:58 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's consumers and government stand to benefit the most of any state from a nationwide settlement with T-Mobile US.

Regulators announced Friday that T-Mobile will pay at least $67.5 million in refunds for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order. The practice is known as "cramming."

Officials say the actual amount returned to California customers will depend on the number of complaints filed. Any eligible consumer who files a claim through will get a full refund.

California makes up about 12 percent of the nation's population, meaning the state's consumers are likely to recoup about $8 million.

Under the settlement, T-Mobile also is paying $18 million to the 50 state attorneys general, with the largest amount - nearly $835,000 - going to California. The federal government gets $4.5 million.

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