WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) will refund checks totaling
close to $20 million to more than 617,000 T-Mobile consumers who had
third-party charges added to mobile bills, allegedly without consent.
come as part of a settlement agreement with T-Mobile that stemmed from a 2014
case. The case involved all 50 states and Washington, DC, as well as
the Federal Communications Commission.
agreed to pay the full refund for unwanted third-party charges if consumers applied for a refund. The average check is for $32. The company
also agreed to remit remaining funds up to $90 million to the FTC that
are not used in the refund program. The FTC plans to use these funds to send
checks to other customers who allegedly had third-party charges placed on
their bills without consent.
noted that recipients of the checks need to cash or deposit them within 60
days. The FTC also noted that it never requires people to pay money or provide
account information to cash the checks.