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Vernon v. Qwest Communications International, Inc.
Citation:925 F.Supp.2d 1185 (2013)
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The plaintiffs are former customers of Qwest who signed up for its “Price for Life” program which was a minimum two-year contract under which subscribers were guaranteed a discounted rate for as long as they maintained their service without change. Subscribers who terminated the program within the first two years were charged a $200 early cancellation fee. The Price for Life program was subject to a set of terms and conditions, including an arbitration clause that requires any dispute arising out of or relating to services provided by Qwest must be resolved in arbitration. Plaintiffs brought this action in 2008 purporting to represent a multi-state class of similarly situated consumers who were subjected to an invalid $200 early termination fee. Defendants filed a motion to compel arbitration.
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