Court of Appeal Affirms Bursor & Fisher’s $299 Million Trial Victory – Again
Today the California Court of Appeal denied Sprint’s latest appeal following a $299 million trial victory for a class of 1.9 million Sprint customers who were charged illegal termination fees. After a month-long trial in 2008, the class plaintiffs represented by Bursor & Fisher prevailed on all of their claims challenging Sprint’s termination fees.
Sprint appealed the trial court’s ruling, and lost that appeal on March 3, 2011. Sprint then asked the trial court to reverse its own decision and force individual arbitrations of class member’s claims. The trial court denied that motion and Sprint appealed again. Today the California Court of Appeal ruled against Sprint’s latest appeal, stating: “The trial court correctly rejected Sprint’s eleventh-hour attempt to undo the result of years of litigation.”
“This is Sprint’s 18th appeal in these cases, and Sprint has lost all 18,” said Scott A. Bursor, plaintiffs’ lead trial counsel who has also handled many of these appeals. “We filed this case in 2003. In 2008 we won a trial, prevailing on every one of our claims. We were awarded 100% of the damages we sought. Unfortunately Sprint has delayed justice for years with frivolous appeals and other delaying tactics. But with this latest ruling there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sprint will soon be held to account for $299 million in illegal termination fees.”