… due to a lousy set of connections from AT&T (both cellphone and network). However, in replaying it (if you ignore the first minute where there seems to be no connection… stay on, however…please!), it still covers most of what I wanted to… so give a listen if you didn’t heatr it live.
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- GodisaGeek Podcast – E3 Day Zero (godisageek.com)
- How To Conduct A Quality Podcast Interview In 7 Steps (entrepreneurs-journey.com)
We’ve been setting up our new iPhones connected to the AT&T network that we’ver been on for a couple of years now. I though it might help our calling get better, but it turns out that the problem is god damned AT&T.
At certain times of day (two in the morning, for instance) I have little or no problem dialing up from cellphone using the AT&T network. However, at the height of the day, our connection dribbles off and on and has me walking all over the house to see if any of those little bars pop back up at the top of the screen.
Aside from complaining to AT&T constantly (they have done nothing to improve the situation in the last couple of years), I’m not sure what can be done. I want my iPhone. I don’t want Verizon. I want AT&T to wise up and improve the situation. If a little company like Vonage can do it, why can’t AT&T?
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the SCOTUS today embraced a strict reading of a federal arbitration law, making it more difficult for individuals with small claims to join together in a class action against large companies accused of fraud or other wrongdoing.
With the new finding in the 5 to 4 Supreme Court vote, individual purchasers not only cannot change an arbitration agreement, even if the corporation violates its contract, but they also can’t join with other consumers in a class action suit in the same challenge.
“Today’s decision reduces corporate accountability by making it impractical, if not impossible, for consumers to hold corporations accountable for their wrongdoing. [The decision] continues a disturbing trend favoring large public companies at the expense of individuals.”
Want to hear a good one? AT&T said the Court’s decision was actually a “victory for consumers.” Heh heh.
According to consumer fraud attorney Gibson Vance:
“This is a death blow to Americans’ chances for justice when faced with forced arbitration clauses. This devastating decision has the potential to result in virtually no consumer or employee cases involving small claims being heard anywhere.
“Corporations will now be allowed to get away with sweeping wrongdoing, particularly where the damages would be too small to justify pursuing individual claims.”
- Supremes Uphold Arbitral Class-Action Waivers (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Supreme Court: AT&T can force arbitration, block class-action suits (arstechnica.com)
- Supreme Court rules in favor of AT&T in arbitration case (intomobile.com)
- Supreme Court imposes limits on class actions (chron.com)
- Supreme Court rules against consumers. Again. (dailykos.com)
- Supreme Court backs AT&T, limits class-action suits (usatoday.com)
- Supreme Court flips decision allowing class actions vs. AT&T (electronista.com)
- Statement of Ralph Nader on Supreme Court’s Attack on Consumer Rights (nader.org)
From the LA Times This Morning: The Supreme Court May Take Us One Step Further into a Corporate Dominated America…
- Senator Leeland Yee discusses Supreme Court hearing, Delaware rep ready to introduce similar legislation (gonintendo.com)