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Settlement Website



IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please be advised that the Court granted final approval of the Settlement and the Plan of Allocation. The deadline to file a claim was June 20, 2008. Please periodically check this website for updates on the status of the distribution of the settlement fund.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:

March 31, 2008
[Expired]

Request for Exclusion Deadline

Month 31, 2008
[Expired]

Objection Deadline

April 17, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.
[Approved]

Settlement Hearing

June 20, 2008
[Expired]

Claim Form Deadline

Overview

This case concerns business customers who subscribed to private-line or frame relay service from MCI, Inc. (now known as Verizon Business Network Services Inc.) between June 22, 2005 and March 16, 2007, inclusive. The lawsuit involves Universal Service Fund, or “USF,” surcharges. Under federal law, providers of interstate telecommunications services contribute to a federal Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications services for low-income and rural customers, among other things. The lawsuit alleges that MCI/Verizon had the right to bill customers for either federal or state Universal Service Fund charges, but billed customers for both. The settlement will provide over $2.8 million to pay class members’ claims for alleged overcharges; notice and administrative costs; and attorneys’ fees and expenses.

The case was brought on behalf of all MCI/Verizon customers who were assessed both federal and state USF surcharges for their private line or frame relay services for the same billing period. The lawsuit asserts claims under the United States Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. §§ 201-202.

Benefits to the Class

Under the settlement, MCI/Verizon will place $2,811,500 into an interest-bearing account. This amount, plus accrued interest, is the settlement fund. The settlement fund will be applied first to pay costs of giving notice to the class and settlement administration; any Court-approved award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to Class Counsel; and any Court-approved incentive award to the class representative. Assuming the requested awards are approved, Class Counsel estimate the remaining balance will be approximately $1.9 million plus accrued interest.

Exclusions and Objections

The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class or object to the Class Settlement was March 31, 2008. More details on objection procedures and deadlines are described in the full Notice.

Settlement Hearing

On April 17, 2008, at 4:30 p.m., in Courtroom 12B of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007-1312, the Honorable John G. Koeltl, United States District Judge, held a fairness hearing and approved the settlement as fair, reasonable, and adequate for the class.