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Taxation without representation is the opposite of liberty.

Residents of the City of Alameda could be entitled to a payment for taxes which are believed to have been unlawfully collected on their cellular phone bills.

What You Need To Know

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 218, the "Right to Vote on Taxes Act," which requires voter approval for certain taxes. It is believed that Alameda voters never approved this Utility Users Tax, but that the City of Alameda has continued to collect it.

Residents of Alameda who use their cell phones could be eligible for recovery for this allegedly unlawfully collected Utility Users Tax. The goal of our action is to get that money back.

A New Representative Is Needed

In 2013, Plaintiff Clyde Grossman filed a Class Action lawsuit against the City of Alameda to get that money back on behalf of Alameda cellular phone users who were improperly taxed.

For the last several years, Mr. Grossman has litigated this case on behalf of himself and other City of Alameda taxpayers who also paid the Utility Users Tax through their cellular and landline telephone bills.

Recently, it has come to the parties attention that Mr. Grossman can no longer serve as the Class Representative for the cellular phone portion of the lawsuit. Therefore, a replacement for Mr. Grossman is needed to prosecute the case on behalf of Alameda cellular phone users who have paid the alleged wrongfully collected Utility Users Tax. Mr. Grossman's replacement may be entitled to additional compensation.

How to Help

If you are a person who owns a cellular phone and your residential address on your cellular phone bill is located in the City of Alameda, you may be a Class Member who may be entitled to money back for this alleged unlawfully collected tax.

  • If you have an interest in assisting in the prosecution of this case, please call John Robert McCorkle at 213-977-0211. If you'd prefer to send your name by email, complete our brief form and send to us.

    If no qualified class representative steps forward, the Court may dismiss all class action claims in this case.

    Thank you.

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