Joseph Ruwe vs Verizon Wireless -- $10 million settlement for unlawful late fees
Charging exorbitant late fees or penalties can be illegal in California. This class action involved the late fees and reactivation fees that Verizon Wireless charged its consumer customers. Filed in November of 2007, the case was at the class certification stage when it was referred to the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) for "review" and was stuck there for years before it settled. This type of case could not be filed now due to forced arbitration provisions.