On June 19, 2008, the Los Angeles County Superior Court granted preliminary approval to the proposed settlement in the Lauren Gresham v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that some Verizon Wireless subscribers were billed or charged for premium text messaging charges associated with content originated by Kepler & Associates, LLC d/b/a JokeMobi.com (JokeMobi) without their permission.
The settlement class consists of approximately 85,000 current and former customers who were billed or charged at any time for premium text messaging charges associated with content originated by Kepler & Associates, LLC d/b/a JokeMobi.com.
On or about July 18, 2008, VZW will mail class notice directly to all 85,000 current and former customers identified as class members. The notice will provide information about the settlement, including deadlines for opting out of the class and filing objections to the terms of the settlement.
If the settlement is approved, VZW will refund the full amount of JokeMobi charges paid by each class member for which the class member did not previously receive a credit or refund. The refund will be provided as follows: (a) current customers will receive a credit on their next bill; and (b) in the form of a refund check mailed to former VZW customers who are not more than $10 delinquent on their closed accounts. Class members will automatically receive these refunds and will not need to submit a claim form.
The settlement awards will not be distributed until after final approval is granted by the judge. The court will consider final approval at the Fairness Hearing on September 15, 2008. This website will be updated after the hearing.
To view the settlement documents please click here.