AT&T is the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed on March 31 over its agreement to purchase Cricket Communications.
Tim Bond filed the suit against AT&T alleging the company planned to stop providing service to certain cell phones sold by Cricket, and those customers would be required to purchase other phones covered by AT&T.
Bond owned a phone using Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, and AT&T announced after the Cricket deal that it planned to discontinue service to those devices this year. Customers who are on the CDMA service would need to switch to Global Systems for Mobile communications technology.
The lawsuit alleged Cricket knew that AT&T planned to stop servicing those devices, but continued to sell them during the class period and while it was actively attempting to sell the business.
The lawsuit alleged the deal between AT&T and Cricket would result in a breach of an implied warranty and Cricket's failure to disclose that the CDMA phones wouldn't work with AT&T constitutes fraudulent concealment.
The lawsuit seeks class status for those who purchased a CDMA phone between July 12, 2013 to the present. Bond is also seeking more than $5 million in damages plus court costs.
He is represented by Cory L. Zajdel, of Z Law, LLC in Reisterstown, Maryland; and Oren S. Giskan and Catherine E. Anderson, of Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, LLP in New York City, New York.
United States District for the District of Maryland case number 1:15-cv-00923.