Class Action Against Sprint PCS Results in $20 Million Settlement

After eight years, a consumer class action lawsuit with Sprint customers, Christopher Hesse and Nathaniel Olsen as named plaintiffs, resulted in a $20 million settlement late last month.  The class action was on behalf of hundreds of thousands of mobile phone service customers of Sprint PCS. The lawsuit against Sprint PCS alleged that the mobile phone company had engaged in misleading and illegal billing practices by charging all of its customers in Washington State. Instead of acknowledging its illegal conduct and repaying the collected taxes to its customers, Sprint PCS embarked on an eight-year legal battle that reached as high as the the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sprint’s initial argument was that it did not need to abide by state law and continue to charge the illegal tax. It also argued that the case against it had already settled in a Kansas State court, despite the fact that Kansas residents cannot settle a consumer case that alleges Washington law in a Kansas court. After years on appeal, Sprint finally argued that the courthouse doors were closed to its Washington customers and that the case should be decided on an individual basis through a secret tribunal (made up of individuals who Sprint would select).

The settlement will fully reimburse every Sprint PCS cusomter who paid the illegal tax plus interest from 2002 to the present. Brad J. Moore of Stritmatter Kessler Whelan is one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs.

7 Responses to Class Action Against Sprint PCS Results in $20 Million Settlement

  • I got my check today – $20.19. Thought it was a scam at first. Thank you!

    • I got one too and also thought that it was a scam. I was afraid to deposit it in my checking account. Now, I know that it’s okay to deposit.

  • Estate of my daughter Gretchen Galstad, #134, 12015 Marine Dr, Tulalip, Wa 98271-9306 has been completed & closed, I believe.
    I, her mother, Lydia E Galstad, Representer, (assisted by attorney,) handled her estate. Yesterday Feb 11, 2014, I was handed your letter containing your check #0000380661 in the amt of $18.14 by the administration office of Port Susan Camping Club, Tulalip, Wa. She formerly resided as a member here, until her passing in July, 2008. I inherited her membership, and bought out her remaining interest after settling other obligations.
    What should I do with her settlement check?
    Thank you for replying to me:, or PO Box 95305, Seattle Wa 98145, or by phone #206-355-3159

  • I got a check and never have been a sprint customer.

  • I received my settlement check 02/09/15 in the amount of $40.85. there was no documentation included with the payment. does anyone have any information as to how sprint/heffler claims calculated payment amounts? I was a sprint customer from 2000-2013, standard/unlimited data plan.



  • I was charged wa taxes even after larsuit said i would get compensated never have

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