How would you like just to inquire about services and later find out you had been signed up for them and now owe money to pay for them? According to the complaint for this class action, Plaintiff Patrick Ames stopped by a T-Mobile to compare its prices with his current services plan, only to later find T-Mobile pursuing him to collect the “debt” he owed for services he did not sign up for.
The class for this action is all California residents who, from August 18, 2016,
When plaintiff Ames stopped by the T-Mobile store on August 15, 2016, the complaint claims he meant to get information as to whether T-Mobile might be cheaper than his current provider. According to the complaint, he did not sign up for any services or sign any documents, he was not given any documents by T-Mobile, and he had no intention of purchasing anything from the company.
On or about August 29, 2016, the complaint alleges, Ames received a letter from T-Mobile claiming that his application to purchase its services had been denied, even though Ames had never asked to purchase any services.
Still, the complaint alleges that on or about October 3, 2016, Ames received a letter from a debt-collection agency claiming that he owed T-Mobile $46.66. According to the complaint, despite the fact that Ames had not purchased anything and that T-Mobile had denied his (nonexistent) application for services, the company had actually opened an account for him and charged him for services.
The complaint alleges that T-Mobile has violated California laws, including the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Business and Professions Code, and the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and has also committed common law fraud and invaded Ames’s privacy.
The case was originally filed as a California case, but T-Mobile has asked that the case be removed to federal court.