Trials & Litigation

Report: AT&T poised to pay $1.5M to settle claims rogue workers helped now-convicted private eye


AT&T is reportedly about to shell out some $1.5 million, in payments of $4,000 each, to hundreds of class action plaintiffs who say they were victimized as a result of illegal conduct by so-called private investigator to the stars Anthony Pellicano.

The phone company is a defendant in civil litigation because rogue employees at AT&T’s Pacific Bell allegedly helped Pellicano with illegal investigative techniques. including wiretapping, according to the Hollywood Esq. blog of the Hollywood Reporter. Pellicano was convicted in 2008 of crimes related to his alleged violation of wiretap laws.

Much of the conduct at issue took place a decade or more ago.

The article doesn’t include any comment from AT&T.

An October motion (PDF) provides additional information about the Los Angeles Superior Court case.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “PI-to-Stars Anthony Pellicano Guilty in Dirty-Tricks Litigation Case”

ABAJournal.com: “Attorney and PI Convicted in Celebrity Wiretapping Case”

Hollywood, Esq. (Hollywood Reporter): “http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/anthony-pellicano-wiretap-lawsuit-nears-562721”

The Wrap (Huffington Post): “Anita Busch Deposed as Lawsuits Against Michael Ovitz, Anthony Pellicano Revived (Exclusive)”

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