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In november of 2011 I signed up for att uverse high speed internet. The equipment was returned during the 30 day trial period, during which time I was allowed to return it with no charge. ATT is now sending me to collections agencies, which are ruining my credit rating for a fraudulent bill. ATT has admited to having a record of the equipment being returned during the trial period, but refuses to drop the charges. Can I sue them for breach, or for damagingf my credit rating by placing fraudulent charges on my report? After speaking with ATT each time, I was assured that the charges would be dropped.
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Your question was "Can I sue them for breach, or for damagingf my credit rating by placing fraudulent charges on my report?"
The answer is yes.
Since they are the original creditor you cannot sue them under the Fair Credit Reporting Act or the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act but you can still sue them under a breach of contract cause of action as well as a slander/libel cause of action.
A breach of contract lawsuit would also allow you to recover any attorney's fees you have to incur in the lawsuit.
Can you represent me and how do I start the process?
No, we're not allowed to represent people that come to the website. We are only allowed to provide information.
The first step would be to locate an attorney in your area that does either Civil Litigation or Consumer law.
Can you recommend a local firm that could represent me?
You can find them at www.lawyers.com.
They will then send a final demand letter and prepare the lawsuit for filing.
The good part is companies like AT& T are generally pretty easy to beat in a case like this.
You have been very helpful !!
Many times as soon as their lawyer get involved they try to get the case settled.
You're very welcome.
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I believe that covers it. THanks again and have a wonderful day.
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