Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Verizon Wireless
Current Parent Company: 
Verizon Communications
Penalty: 
$77,800,000
Year: 
2010
Date: 
October 28, 2010
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
telecommunications violation
Violation Description: 

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau announced an historic consent decree with Verizon Wireless -- including a record $25 million payment to the U.S. Treasury -- regarding "mystery fees" the company charged its customers over the last several years. In addition to Verizon Wireless's payment to the Treasury, the company agreed to refund a minimum of $52.8 million to approximately 15 million customers and ensure that consumers are no longer charged the fees.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Federal Communications Commission
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
New York
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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