- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - About 45,000 Vermont customers of AT&T; Mobility who lost an estimated $1 million in authorized charges placed on their cell phone bills stand to benefit from a global settlement that it engaged in a practice known as “mobile cramming.”

The $105 million nationwide settlement was reached with the company by the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Communications Commission.

Of the total $80 million will be used to pay refunds, $20 million to the states and $5 million to the FCC.

Vermont will receive more than $1.6 million for its role as the lead state in the action.

Attorney General William Sorrell says he hopes the company will now pay as much attention to its customers’ welfare as it does the bottom line.

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