AT&T won't face a class action lawsuit over throttling speeds for customers with unlimited smartphone data plans. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen handed down that ruling after determining the plaintiffs must all deal with AT&T individually because their contracts prohibit class action cases.
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Denying class action status effectively killed the hopes of many iPhone owners who wanted to see AT&T pay for what they felt was a deceptive business practice. In the end, it was the clause in their AT&T service plan contracts requiring individual arbitration that did them in—and this is exactly why companies include those terms in their service agreements.