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SOURCE Locus Telecommunications, Inc.
FORT LEE, N.J., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Locus Telecommunications, Inc. ("Locus"), announced that it has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a nationwide class action lawsuit related to its sale of prepaid calling cards and prepaid calling services. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that Locus distributed or sold prepaid calling cards and prepaid calling services to consumers without fully disclosing the applicable rates and fees associated with those cards and services. As part of the settlement, Locus denies any wrongdoing or liability. The parties agreed to the settlement to avoid further costs and uncertainties related to litigation.
The class action, Flores et al. v. Locus Telecommunications, Inc. et al., Case No. BC492907, remains pending before the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, Central District until the settlement agreement is given final approval by the Court. The settlement affects consumers who purchased a Locus prepaid calling card or prepaid calling service in the United States at any time between September 28, 2007 and November 27, 2013. The settlement will provide refund Personal Identification Numbers ("PINs") to those who either submit proof of purchase or a PIN of an eligible prepaid calling card/calling service or submit a signed statement declaring that they were the purchaser of an eligible Locus prepaid calling card/calling service. Locus agreed to provide refund PINs worth up to $1.4 million to eligible consumers of Locus prepaid calling cards and prepaid calling services. Eligible consumers are entitled to a refund PIN with a value of $1.50 for domestic calls at $0.10 per minute and international calls to certain destinations at $0.25 or $0.50 per minute. Rates are available at www.locustelecom.com/settlement.
Members of the settlement class can submit a claim by following instructions at 888-572-6124, at Locus's website (www.locustelecom.com/settlement), or at the website of plaintiffs' counsel (www.c2lawgroup.com). Those requesting a refund PIN will be required to provide certain identification information and prepaid calling card/calling service information. A list of eligible Locus prepaid calling cards and prepaid calling services can be found at www.locustelecom.com/settlement. Locus will then determine whether the member of the settlement class is eligible for a refund based on confirmation of the information provided and remaining funds in the pool. If the settlement receives final approval by the Court, Locus will provide such eligible members of the settlement class with a refund PIN; a claimant may not receive more than 10 refund PINs.
Members of the settlement class can also object to or be excluded from the settlement if they adhere to the specific protocols by February 3, 2014. Information about objecting to or being excluded from the class can be found by calling 888-572-6124 or by visiting www.locustelecom.com/settlement.
The plaintiffs in Flores et al. v. Locus Telecommunications, Inc. et al. are represented by Plaintiffs' Counsel, Christopher Rudd of C2 Law Group, P.C. Class members may contact Class Counsel at 818-449-6400. Locus Telecommunications, Inc. is represented by Henry Wang and Aaron Kollitz of Lee Tran Liang & Wang, LLP. Contact for Locus is 888-572-6124.
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