Two new class-action anti-trust lawsuits were levelled against U.S. wireless carriers yesterday in federal courts in Ohio and Kansas, as legal jeopardy facing AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel and even Alltel Communications increased.
The new lawsuits come on the heels of one filed in Illinois federal court, and allege that the carriers have been illegally collaborating to raise text messaging rates from 10 cents to 20 cents over the last three years.
All of the lawsuits were spurred by last week's decision by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and chairman of the Judiciary Comittee's Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommitee, to look into the hike in text messaging prices.
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