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Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP Announces Class Action Lawsuit against AT&T for Improper Long-Distance Charges.

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The law firm of Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the Allen Lund Company of Georgia, Inc., and other telephone customers who were unlawfully billed by AT&T Corporation (NYSE:T) for long-distance charges added to their local phone bills. The Allen Lund Company, a national transportation broker based in La Canada, California, is not an AT&T customer and did not use AT&T long-distance services, but repeatedly was assessed AT&T long-distance charges through its local phone bill by BellSouth.

On April 23, 2004, Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist issued a consumer advisory warning telephone customers that AT&T long-distance charges are being improperly added to local phone bills. AT&T attributes the improper billing to a computer problem that has affected approximately one million customers nationally, many of whom are not current customers of AT&T.

On April 27, 2004, the Florida Attorney General released a public letter to John Polumbo, president and chief executive officer of AT&T, demanding that AT&T implement "immediate corrections" to AT&T's automated customer service system. AT&T's automated system prevents callers from speaking with live customer service representatives and obstructs consumers from receiving refunds for the improper long-distance charges.

The class action lawsuit was filed on August 15, 2003 and asserts claims against AT&T for unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business practices in violation of the California Unfair Competition Law, for unjust enrichment, and for money had and received.

According to the complaint, AT&T unlawfully bills some consumers who are not AT&T customers through their local phone bills, and AT&T's computerized billing system continues to assess charges on phone lines not subscribed to AT&T long-distance service even though AT&T's own records indicate that there is no AT&T call activity on the phone lines or that AT&T does not provide service to such lines.

The class action is pending in Los Angeles County (Cal.) Superior Court under docket number BC300915. A copy of the complaint can be viewed on the Girard Gibbs website at

Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP is one of the nation's leading firms representing individual and institutional investors in consumer fraud and securities fraud class actions and litigation to correct abusive corporate governance practices. For more information, please visit the firm's website at

To discuss this class action with us, please contact:

 Daniel Girard
 Sanjay Ranchod
 Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP
 601 California Street, Suite 1400
 San Francisco, CA 94108
 Telephone: (866) 981-4800
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