AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion

Oral Argument November 9, 2010

A class action claim was brought asserting that the phone company’s offer of a “free” phone to anyone who signs up for service is fraudulent because the company charges sales tax on the retail value of each “free” phone. AT&T Mobility demanded that plaintiffs’ claims be submitted to individual arbitration, pointing to the arbitration clause of the written agreement, which bars class actions. The Supreme Court will rule on the viability of class action arbitrations.