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T-Mobile Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Hard Credit Check
July 27 2016 - by Lucy Campbell
Santa Clara, CA: T-Mobile is facing an unfair business practices class action lawsuit filed by a consumer who claims the company misrepresented the nature of a credit check.
Filed by Erik Shapiro on behalf of all others similarly situated against T-Mobile USA Inc., the lawsuit claims violation of the False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law and other counts.
Specifically, the complaint states that in February 2014, Shapiro contacted the defendant to inquire about its phone plans and the possibility of switching his provider to T-Mobile. He alleges that the defendant performed a hard credit check on him, rather than a soft credit check as they stated they would do. As a result of the defendant’s action, the plaintiff sustained damages.
The plaintiff holds T-Mobile USA Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly misrepresented to plaintiff that they would only do a soft credit check but did a hard credit check without plaintiff's permission and consent.
Shapiro is represented by Todd M. Friedman, Adrian R. Bacon, Thomas E. Wheeler and Meghan E. George of Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman PC in Beverly Hills, California. The case is US District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-04698-RGK-MRW.
I was told the same thing by them, just recently in January 2017 and after I had informed them in person and via telephone to different departments of their corporate offices, that I had a hard hit from them already that was affecting my credit from March of 2016 that was not even done by me, my identity/ info was stolen years back and have reason to believe it has something to do with that. No one seems to be able to tell me any info, like if it was done in person or over the phone, because no line of service or account of service was ever actually created. The credit check was done, but no one continued with anything else, so there was no info they could provide me with or anything that could be done to fix it! So in January my daughter needed to switch phone company's, as she was on a shared plan with another family member, she is only 18 and does not have established credit yet, so I said she could use mine and get her own account, we wanted to go with t-mobile and I figured since a credit check had already been done for nothing, I would get something out of it. I informed the sales team and Gm at this particular store of what had happened an what I was told in the past and specifically asked if my credit would again be affected and hit with a hard CREDIT check, or if it could/ would be based on the past info, or how all that would work? I was told no it would not affect my credit or be considered as a hard hit for a second time from the same company. Well they lied, or just flat out had no idea what they were talking about, and I believed them! So I now have two, the only two, hard CREDIT checks on my credit, from the same company!! The kicker is I don't even have a phone/ account with them for myself! Currently I have a pre-paid with safe link! Ha! Do I possibly have any type of case, or way to get in on class action lawsuit as well?!
Posted by Malaria Keyes
I have tried to get service plenty of time an every time I get a high deposit to pay. An my credit score would be messed up every time I tried. I tried at least three times.
Posted by Racheal Hagan
I was told the same it would not affected my credit score.
Posted by shelley
effected my score
Posted by Dominique George
I was told the samething and yes it did effect my credit score and the deposit I was required to put down a outrages deposit
Posted by Vickie Fortner
I was told would not effect my credit but it did.
Posted by linda l dodge
i want some settlement money
Posted by Sara Cilloni
impaired my credit score
Posted by Sasha Detty
they impaired my credit score
Posted by tanika busby
please add me to this lawsuit this has affected me as well
Posted by David Gardner
They did the exact same thing to me twice!
can I get involved in the law suit?
Posted by brown
impaired my credit score
Posted by Patrina Morgan
T- Mobile did the same thing to me and and it affected my credit score and after all that they want to give you prepaid. Each time you call they don't see the previous credit check and try to do another hard credit check. I would like like to be added to that lawsuit if possible.
Posted by Connie
Comcast/Xfinity does the same thing
Posted by Tara Frazier
I applied with them for a phone on several occasions but they always ran a credit check and I had to pay a high deposit but now I had to get just a prepaid phone from them.
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