How to File a Lawsuit Against Verizon
Verizon is an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate that forms the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. Headquartered in New Jersey, Verizon services more than 200 million people in more than 200 markets across the U.S. It is famous for global voice and data services in 200 locations worldwide, with more than 82,000 employees nationally.
In recent years, Verizon has come under fire for making misleading data service claims, overcharging a fire department fighting wildfires, and even selling customer information to the National Security Agency — exposing millions of phone call records.
If you’ve incurred any damages as a Verizon user or employee, you might be entitled to compensation. See more about how to file a small claims lawsuit and the easy way to make it happen using DoNotPay.
Can You Sue Verizon?
Below, find some common reasons why people choose to sue Verizon.
- Civil Invasions of Privacy. You must prove that:
- Your information was made public by Verizon
- The disclosure violated your right to privacy or defamed you in a false light
- The information disclosed by Verizon was falsifying or violated your personal right to privacy
- An average person would consider the false light/information offensive
- Breaching Contracts. If you signed a legally binding contract and Verizon failed to uphold the terms of that contract, or the contract is misleading and causes you to incur damages, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Failing to Adhere to Consumer Rights Laws. Various states have laws that govern consumers’ rights, and if Verizon does not uphold or adhere to these laws, you may be eligible for damages.
- Leaking Information. Verizon leaks your personal phone or text records — file in accordance with your local Data Protection Act Laws.
The Data Protection Act — What You Need to Know
- All Fifty States Have Data Breach Notification Rules
“Each covered entity and third-party agent shall implement and maintain reasonable security measures to protect sensitive personally-identifying information against a breach of security”
- Three States — Nevada, Maine, and California Have Privacy Laws in Effect
|Maine||Personally identifying information about a customer including name, billing information, social security number, and billing address are protected, by law.|
|Nevada||“Covered information” or first and last name, any information collected through an internet website or online service.|
|California||In California, consumers are allowed to demand to see all of the information that a company has saved under their name, including a list of all third-party data recipients.|
Before You Sue
Before you sue, consider the following. If these three details apply to your case, you are likely going to be successful in filing your legal case before a small claims court.
1. Are there any alternatives? Before suing, you can consider other options:
2. Do you have sufficient evidence to validate your claim? This includes but is not limited to:
- Record of payments
- Summary of events
- Reasons for entitlement
3. How much will this cost? This is an important question to ask — often, small claims with legal representation are expensive and have a greater cost than the payoff of winning a lawsuit.
Suing Verizon in Small Claims Court
Below, find the steps on how to sue Verizon in Small Claims Court. Keep in mind that every Small Claims Court varies from state to state and that local regulations are most important when considering the validity and legitimacy of your case.
|Send a Demand Letter||First, send a letter detailing the following:
When this is completed, mail it to:
Verizon P.O Box 15124
|Fill Out Court Forms||Fill out your state-specific paperwork and any additional forms that might be requested by the county in which the incident took place.
Most court forms are free of charge on the court’s website;
|File A Complaint With The Court||
|Go To Court||Show up to relevant court dates, keep track of filed forms and maintain records of evidence to support your claim.|
How to Sue Verizon With DoNotPay?
Keep in mind that it is extremely difficult for an average civilian to balance the costs of filing a lawsuit with legal representation and the huge possibility that their lawsuit will not win in court without. As a solution to this issue, DoNotPay provides an automated lawsuit generator that makes suing concise. All you need to do is:
- Log on to DoNotPay on any web browser and select “Sue Now”
- Enter the dollar amount that you are owed (this could be lost wages or even adequate compensation to cover injuries and medical bills)
- Select whether you’d like to receive a demand letter or court filing forms
- Describe your reason for filing the lawsuit, and submit any additional details (including your photo evidence)
That’s all! DoNotPay will generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you, and a copy of your demand letter will be mailed to Verizon on your behalf!
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