More than 25,000 join ACS lawsuit

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) More than 25,000 people have been named part of a class-action lawsuit against Alaska Communications Systems that contends the Anchorage-based company violated terms of an interstate long-distance calling plan.

The company's Infinite Minutes plan, introduced in late 1999, allowed local residential phone customers unlimited interstate calling for a flat rate of $20 a month.

But about seven months later, ACS capped the plan at 600 minutes a month. It said part of the reason was because some people were using the plan for business calls.

The lawsuit alleges that ACS knew the plan wouldn't work but used it to lure customers. Company spokeswoman Mary Anne Pease called the lawsuit frivolous.

Former customers are considered part of the lawsuit. Those who don't want to participate should return a postage-paid card attached to a notice they were sent recently, said lawyer Paul Adelman, who filed the lawsuit in May 2001.

A trial is set for September 2004.

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