Trials & Litigation

Truck Driver Who Won Small Claims Victory re Unlimited Phone Plan Spurns AT&T Offer to Settle Case

Victorious in a small claims case against telecommunications giant AT&T, which had slowed down his use of his “unlimited” phone plan, a California truck driver has spurned a settlement effort by the company.

After receiving a letter dated Friday from a law firm representing AT&T that urges him to sit down and talk about the case, threatens to shut off his service entirely if he does not do so and emphasizes the need for confidentiality, Matthew Spaccarelli forwarded the letter to the Associated Press, the news agency reports in an article today.

AT&T also vows to appeal the $850 judgment Spaccarelli won last month while representing himself in the matter pro se.

Spaccarelli, who admits violating terms of service by using his iPhone to provide Internet access for other devices, says he isn’t interested in settling, the AP reports. Instead, he has posted online the documents that helped him prevail in the Simi Valley case, in the hope that they can help other AT&T customers achieve similar results.

Earlier coverage: “Pro Se Plaintiff Wins $850 Small-Claims Award in Data-Throttling Case Against AT&T”

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