County of Los Angeles Telephone Tax Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

The County of Los Angeles is putting up nearly $17 million to settle a class action alleging that it caused telephone service providers to collect taxes from customers on services that were not taxable. The complaint alleges that taxes should have been collected only on local services and on long distance services where charges varied by both time and distance. 

Docket Number:


Company: County of Los Angeles

Filing Deadline: September 15, 2018

Class Period: August 25, 2005 to November 4, 2008

Objection Deadline: September 28, 2018

Exclusion Deadline: October 15, 2018

Final Approval Hearing: October 29, 2018

Proof of Purchase:

Without documentation, you may apply for the standard refund amounts. To apply for refunds of the actual amounts paid, you must supply documentation. Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile can help search for documentation. For details, see the Notice at http://www.lacountytaxrefund.com/admin/services/connectedapps.cms.extensions/


You may be eligible if

  • You are a person, including a corporate or non-corporate entity,
  • Who paid telephone user taxes (TUTs) to the County of Los Angeles,
  • On telephone services other than local-only telephone services, teletypewriter exchange service, or long distance telephone service where charges varied by both time and distance,
  • Provided between August 25, 2005 and November 4, 2008,
  • Who have not already received a refund of the taxes.

The tax was typically collected on residential and commercial landlines with services addresses within, and for mobile services with billing addresses within, the unincorporated areas of the country Prepaid mobile services are not included in this settlement.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies. Without documentation, standard amounts: residential landlines, $27.50; business landlines or mobile services, $46. With documentation, 100% of taxes paid during the class period may be refunded.

Total Settlement Amount: $16.9 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Chimicles & Tikellis
Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca
Tostrud Law Group
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

Claim Form: Los Angeles Telephone Tax Claim Form

Case Name: Granados v. County of Los Angeles

Settlement Website: Los Angeles Telephone Tax Website

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Granados v. County of Los Angeles
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91348
Seattle, WA 98111

Tags: Tax Overcharges, Telecommunications