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Case Name Albert v. Global TelLink Corp. PC-MD-0015
Docket / Court 8:20-cv-01936-PWG ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Washington Lawyers' Committee
Case Summary
This is a case about three prison phone providers allegedly colluding to inflate the price of calls made from individuals incarcerated at U.S. jails and prisons and lying to local governments and customers about the costs. On June 29, 2020, four individuals who paid $9.99 or $14.99 to accept ... read more >
This is a case about three prison phone providers allegedly colluding to inflate the price of calls made from individuals incarcerated at U.S. jails and prisons and lying to local governments and customers about the costs. On June 29, 2020, four individuals who paid $9.99 or $14.99 to accept collect calls from three prison phone providers filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs sued Global Tel*Link Corp., Securus Technologies, LLC, and 3Cinteractive Corp. (3CI) under federal antitrust laws and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants charged $9.99 or $14.99 for a one-time collect call from an incarcerated person in a secret agreement to eliminate competition and fix prices in violation of federal antitrust laws. While the defendants claimed their high prices were due to “transaction fees,” the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants secretly pocketed the difference. Represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC, Justice Catalyst Law, Human Rights Defense Center, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the defendants from continuing their unlawful misconduct and to recover actual, compensatory, and treble financial damages for the victims of that misconduct. The plaintiffs requested the court certify the class and three subclasses to include persons and entities that have paid $9.99 or $14.99 to receive a single collect call operated by 3CI. The plaintiffs also requested declaratory relief and recovery of damages as well as attorney’s fees and costs. This case is assigned to Judge Paul W. Grimm.

On September 24, 2020 Judge Grimm granted a motion for appointment of interim co-lead class counsel. The case is ongoing.

Zoe Van Dyke - 09/26/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Conditions of confinement
Phone
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq.
Defendant(s) 3Cinteractive Corp.
Global Tel*Link Corp.
Securus Technologies, LLC
Plaintiff Description Four individuals on behalf of themselves and those persons and entities that have paid or will pay $9.99 or $14.99 to receive a single collect call operated by 3CI from an inmate in a prison or jail in the United States
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Washington Lawyers' Committee
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/29/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
8:20-cv-01936 (D. Md.)
PC-MD-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-MD-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Grimm, Paul William (D. Md.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, William H. (Colorado) show/hide docs
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Bateman, Christopher (New York) show/hide docs
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Braun, Robert A. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Briskin, Craig L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Brown, Benjamin D. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Chang, Robert S. (Washington) show/hide docs
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Elga, Benjamin (New York) show/hide docs
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Farah, George Fuad (New York) show/hide docs
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Handley, Matthew K. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Johnson, Brent W. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Lieberman, Hannah E. M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Marshall, Daniel (Florida) show/hide docs
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Nadas, Rachel E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Popkin, Kelly Jo (New York) show/hide docs
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Shearer, Brian J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Clemons, Katherine E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Connor, Colette (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Fee, R Brendan (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Gleklen, Jonathan Ian (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Herrington, Elizabeth Brooke (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Shapiro, Jay B. (Florida) show/hide docs
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