Carol Ostrow Feb. 11, 2015, 2:56pm


Two California residents filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against the American Automobile Association (AAA) for allegedly violating business law by fraudulent billing practices in the last four years.

Anthony Gee and Joseph Anthony Montegna Sr. of San Diego County, California, filed a class-action complaint against AAA, of Delaware, on charges of violating business practice law and unfair competition. They take issue with the defendant’s practice of making automatic renewal and continuous service offers to further their own monetary gain through supposedly false, deceptive and misleading means by automatically charging consumers for continued membership without their knowledge.

Gee purchased membership in 2010, and Montegna, in 2014. They contend that AAA did not inform them prior to renewing their memberships and continuing to charge their credit card accounts. The suit said the practice offends public policy and is immoral, unethical, oppressive and unscrupulous.

The class is believed to number in the hundreds of thousands. The suit seeks compensation for lost subscription funds, attorneys’ fees and costs. Gee and Montegna are represented by Joshua Swigart and Sara Khosroabadi of Hyde & Swigart, San Diego; and Abbas Kazerounian and Mona Amini of Kazerouni Law Group, APC, of Costa Mesa, California.

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