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:

This class action alleges that the City of Los Angeles incorrectly charged a telephone utility users tax (UUT) charged to those who had residential landlines, business landlines, and mobile telephone services in during the class period. The complaint alleges that UUTs should have been charged only where charges for calls varied by both time and distance. 

Docket Number:

Case No. BC363959

Filing Deadline: February 20, 2016

Class Period: October 19, 2005 to March 15, 2008

Objection Deadline: January 26, 2015

Exclusion Deadline: February 11, 2016

Final Approval Hearing: February 25, 2016

Proof of Purchase:

Varies, depending on the claim. Proof must be provided for refunds of exact amounts of UUTs paid.


You may be eligible if you were a person (whether corporate or non-corporate) who paid a telephone utility user tax to the City of Los Angeles for residential landline service, business landline service, or mobile service between October 19, 2005 and March 15, 2008. You may claim the exact amounts you paid if you provide documentation. Otherwise, you may apply for the following standard claim amounts:

  •   $50 - Mobile Telephone Service (not including prepaid service)
  •   $30 - Residential Landline Service
  •   $50 - Business Landline Service

Users with only local service, teletypewriter exchange service, or long distance service where charges varied by both time and distance are not eligible. It also does not include prepaid wireless customers but does include providers of prepaid wireless services.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies, and may be reduced depending on the number and amounts of claims. Claims may be made for standard amounts ($30-50), without additional documentation, or for the actual amounts paid in UUTs, with documentation of exact charges. You may receive a refund check, or you may donate your refund to various City of Los Angeles programs.

Total Settlement Amount: $92,500,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


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

Claim Form: City of Los Angeles UUT Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Ardon v. City of Los Angeles

Settlement Website: City of Los Angeles UUT Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Gilardi & Co. LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Ardon v. City of Los Angeles 
Claims Administrator 
P.O. Box 30196 
College Station, TX 77842-3196

Tags: Cell Phone Charges, Unfair Services