Partner Christine Fox was quoted in Compliance Week regarding our securities class action lawsuit against media giant AT&T, and the growing number of AT&T employees that have come forward to corroborate the allegations made in an amended complaint filed on September 17. The complaint alleges that AT&T coached its employees to use fraudulent sales tactics, including enrolling potentially thousands of unauthorized DirecTV Now accounts and charging customers for services that they never requested or used.
The article contends that AT&T has made ethics and compliance mistakes by "using 'rogue' employees as scapegoats, while ignoring the broader, systemic cultural problem" as described by several confidential witnesses. "[Sales teams] were getting these instructions from area sales managers, district sales managers, regional sales managers, and even the director of sales," Fox says.
Moreover, the allegations are not limited to a certain region. "We have witnesses from the East Coast, the West Coast, Hawaii, and the Midwest," says Fox. "Even after filing the complaint, more AT&T employees have come forward validating the evidence that's already been gathered," she says.
Read more about the developing case against AT&T here.