Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Sprint Corp.
Current Parent Company: 
Deutsche Telekom
Penalty: 
$68,000,000
Year: 
2015
Date: 
May 12, 2015
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
telecommunications violation
Violation Description: 

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau announced that Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $90 million and Sprint Corporation agreed to pay $68 million to settle investigations that revealed the companies billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party premium text messaging services, a practice called cramming.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Federal Communications Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
Germany
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
telecommunications
Specific Industry of Parent: 
telecommunications
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Parent company note: 
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