On February 3, 2017, two consumers filed a motion for class certification in Florida federal court against telecommunications company, Comcast. The plaintiffs allege that charging customers a “leasing fee” for cable box modems that the customers already own unjustly enriches Comcast and violates the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The motion for class certification states that the class would be wide reaching, including thousands of irate Comcast customers.
Plaintiffs are seeking at least $5 million in damages, including court costs and attorney fees. In addition to monetary damages, the plaintiffs will be seeking an injunction to prohibit Comcast from charging the leasing fees, as well as an order that the cable giant launch a corrective advertising campaign to clear up any customer confusion about product pricing.
The case is: McDougal et al. v. Comcast Corp., Case No. 9:16-cv- 81906, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.