Comcast settles throttling lawsuit, go get your money

After Comcast was caught throttling P2P traffic back in 2007, a class action lawsuit (Hart vs. Comcast) was filed against them. According to Benzinga, the lawsuit has now come to an end, as Comcast settles it for $16 million. According to Scott+Scott LLP, one of the the law firms in charge of the suit, United States users who were affected by the throttling may be eligible for a refund or credit assuming they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Used or attempted to use Comcast service to use the Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack or Gnutella P2P protocols any time from April 1, 2006 to December 31, 2008 and were unable to share files or have reason to believe that the speed at which files were shared was impaired; and/or
  • Attempted but were unable to use Comcast service to use Lotus Notes to send emails any time from March 26, 2007 to October 3, 2007.

Lexington Law Group partner, Mark Todzo calls the settlement "a great result for Comcast customers." He says that "It creates an efficient and effective mechanism that will put money back in the customers' hands without them individually going to court." Unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way. CrunchGear's Nicholas Deleon is reporting this as a travesty and outright slap in the face to consumers.

"Whoever says the legal system in this country is broken, well, you're right. Comcast was caught tampering with its customers' packets two years ago. It bitched and moaned like nobody's business, earning itself no friends. The Federal Communications Commission sanctioned the gigantic corporation in what amounted to a slap on the wrist. Big deal. A class action lawsuit was filed, which was just settled for $16 million. Comcast raked in $34.3 billion in revenue in 2008, meaning that this settlement amounts to four hours of revenue. That's right: four hours. Take that, corporate America!"

Whatever the case may be, you might be entitled to some compensation. To make a claim, call 1-877-567-2754, or visit www.P2PCongestionSettlement.com for more information.

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who here thinks that any pirate is going to claim that money and not expect a visit from the riaa or mpaa comcast are already rubbing their greedy little hands together now as they plan to sue 60 people for $266666.66 if the sue 61 they make a profit

comcast sucks now all they need is another lawsuit and they settle for 30 billion out of the 34.6 billion they made so then if they want to screw customers over then they will pay for it.

how about a service credit to ALL users? that way no one can say "they are just fishing for who is pirating".... I always love lawsuits and their "claim your money" you shouldn't have to claim it, the company should be forced to do it for you..

99.1%.....?

Nah, who`s gonna claim there money, anyone?
What did this Hart guy get out of it, apart from the publicity. So Comcast where sending forged RST packets to there users, that`s not very nice is it :-)

99% of the users who were affected will definitely have been pirating or sharing pirate data ... therefore I don't care. In fact, I bet it's OVER 99%!

BrainDedd said,
Torrents aren't always for illegal content. :P

Ayup, but do you think something like that would keep the RIAA off your back??

ziggie216 said,
" If you submit a valid Claim Form, you will receive a share of this amount, not to exceed $16.00"

Oh.. thats it?

thats not even 1/3 of my monthly Internet bill...and I only subscribe to their Internet services

SkyyPunk said,

thats not even 1/3 of my monthly Internet bill...and I only subscribe to their Internet services :(

Yea if anyone can find the actual ruling, the lawyers that file the suit are the only ones that ever get the millions....

But the precedent has been set. The money really doesn't matter in a class action lawsuit such as this, it's the message that it sends. It's really quite amazing that they won, considering the power corporations have in the US system.