A Boston lawyer is suing Verizon over a monthly fee it imposed for the privilege of being able to make long-distance phone calls.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court, Brian Lenfest says the company should reimburse him and all other businesspeople it charged for the $10 "monthly minimum charge for long distance."
Lenfest says that while his statements say that in months when he makes long-distance phone calls, the
cost of the calls would be deducted from the charge, in fact:
Plaintiff was charged the full $10.00 MMC, plus the amount of his actual long distance charges. Thus, Verizon not only unfairly charged Plaintiff the MMC on top of his monthly flat landline fee and the per-minute charges for long distance actually used by Plaintiff, and failed to properly disclose the MMC to Plaintiff ahead of billing him for it, but it also billed the MMC in a manner that was inconsistent with its description of the MMC on its billing statements.
He adds the charge just showed up on his bill one month without any advance notice.
Verizon has engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices by unfairly imposing an arbitrary fee or charge (the MMC) on its landline subscribers while failing to disclose the practice in advance and failing to obtain the customer’s agreement to pay these charges, and by billing Plaintiff and Class members for the MMC in a manner inconsistent with its description of the MMC on its customer statements.