Verizon enclosed a statement in this month’s bill, called "Class Action Settlement Notice." The refund is for third party billing, which was not allowed by law. If you are a Verizon customer, you may be eligible for at least $40. For others, it could mean hundreds of dollars in refunds.
This month’s Verizon bill brought good news. There is a lawsuit against Verizon for doing third party billing, when it was not allowed by law. This lawsuit can mean anywhere fro $40 to hundreds of dollars for Verizon customers who were over-billed for LAND LINE phones for any period over the past seven years.
The enclosure is bright yellow, and is worth reading. If you are a Verizon customer, but do not file the claims form, you will not receive your refund, according to this statement.
So many people, including me, do not read inserts in their utility bills and other bills, as they usually contain unwanted solicitations for other or similar products. It was a fluke that I looked at the enclosure.
I have received several refunds from various class action lawsuits over the last ten years. Medication, insurance, utilities, and OTC products are a few of the lawsuits that have produced settlements for their customers. I will not be so bold as to say they were a lot of money. I remember one that was a dollar and something, but the insurance refunds (2) combined were almost $40.
Here is an excerpt from the settlement statement I received from Verizon: “Submit a Claim Form: This is the only way to get a payment. You have the right as a member of the Settlement Class to apply for (1) a Flat Payment Claim for $40, or (2) a Full Payment Claim for the full amount (i.e., 100%) of all unauthorized Third-Party Charges you paid between April 27, 2005 and February 28, 2012. To obtain a Claim Form, visit www.verizonthirdpartybillingsettlement.com or call 1-877-772-6219 or email questions@Verizonthirdpartybillingsettlement.com.”
Again, if you do nothing, you will receive nothing. So many people, elderly or those just not paying attention will receive nothing because they failed to read this notice. I believe it should have been sent under separate cover, with the purpose clearly stated on the envelope. Otherwise, thousands will be cheated out of their entitlement. This is probably a great way to minimize payout for a corporation.
Update: I called the Verizon number, as I have had a Verizon land line for years. They will do the process by automatic menu options for securing a claims form. The offer ends in November of this year. If you don’t have your enclosure, or have thrown it away, they will send you another explanation in the claim form envelope, according to the taped message. It is easy to navigate.
Because it is for land lines only, please ignore the picture on this article. I could not switch it, and it’s misleading. Best luck.