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Comcast Subscribers Get $16 Each for P2P

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A class action lawsuit filed against Comcast in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has resulted in a settlement that entitles certain Comcast users between April 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008 to $16.

In 2007, John Hart of California filed a suit against Comcast when he noticed the company limited "the speed of certain internet applications such as peer-to-peer file sharing and lotus notes [sic]."

Ars Technica reports that a proposed settlement of $16 million has been approved and finalized and Comcast subscribers who used Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack, or Gnutella will receive $16 if they file a claim before August 29, 2010.

All those individual payments of $16, plus $3 million for the lawyers who worked on the case, amounts to a settlement total of $16 million.

Read full details of the suit on Ars. Details on claiming can be found here.





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    Assmar , July 13, 2010 12:35 AM
    Sounds like when they have a big boat giveaway and only people with arrest warrants are invited as winners.
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    ragequit , July 13, 2010 12:31 AM
    $16.00 for "victims" and $3 million for lawyers, thats funny. They are not really victims I know, but how messed up is the legal system in the states that it takes 3 years to settle a lawsuit like this. Maybe ISP's need to up their game so they don't have to worry about heavy traffic.
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    klavis , July 13, 2010 12:17 AM
    They should have to pay a lot more, it was a breach of contract, they should pay for the contract being broken, not a token amount.
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    ragequit , July 13, 2010 12:31 AM
    $16.00 for "victims" and $3 million for lawyers, thats funny. They are not really victims I know, but how messed up is the legal system in the states that it takes 3 years to settle a lawsuit like this. Maybe ISP's need to up their game so they don't have to worry about heavy traffic.
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    Assmar , July 13, 2010 12:35 AM
    Sounds like when they have a big boat giveaway and only people with arrest warrants are invited as winners.
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    eugenester , July 13, 2010 12:49 AM
    Lmfao at 3 mil for the lawyers. Cant live without em, but the world would be so much better if they didnt exist at the same time.
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    sceen311 , July 13, 2010 12:59 AM
    If only comcast could've come clean and admitted they made a mistake, they could've saved $3million.
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    kelemvor4 , July 13, 2010 1:04 AM
    Lame. 3 Million each would have been an appropriate penalty for comcast.
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    wawa sxm , July 13, 2010 1:10 AM
    the us justice system has never been about victims just money...the only winners are lawyers...why cases like these arent battle by consumer groups with the proceeds being invested in ie.better access to internet i dt know.....these lawsuits rarely benefits the victim and always the lawyer.
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    tokenz , July 13, 2010 1:21 AM
    mlopinto2k1As much as you "expect" to be served with the utmost service, you do realize there are millions of users surfing the internet every second of everyday? Seriously, go check out how it works. Maybe, just maybe, you'll have a newly earned respect for the communications division. People make mistakes and they are paying back to the community.


    Let me guess you work for Comcast. Tell Comcast to invest in their infrastructure. And it wasnt a mistake it was against the contract that they wrote. It was a breech of contract and they should have had to pay alot more than 16million.
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    shin0bi272 , July 13, 2010 1:50 AM
    3 mil for the lawyers and 16 bucks for each actual victim.... Tort reform anyone?
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    shin0bi272 , July 13, 2010 1:52 AM
    mlopinto2k1People make mistakes and they are paying back to the community.


    So if I had my internet speed cut to 2k/sec for running a p2p program when my advertised speed was 10mb/sec that warrants me 16 bucks to make it all better? If I lose a day of service due to problems with the cable line they give me more money than that!
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    Blessedman , July 13, 2010 1:54 AM
    A whole $16... I think they should at minimum have to pay for the months of service they violated their contract back to their customers. So 6 months at $49.99, they owe me $300! $16 is a slap in the face and next we should file a class action lawsuit against the lawyers for taking ~20% of the settlement.
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    fenix1186 , July 13, 2010 2:24 AM
    Has anyone thought of this: You apply to get your $16 and then in doing so, you admit to illegally sharing files?
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    truehighroller , July 13, 2010 2:27 AM
    I like how people leave genuine heart felt comments on here, that I agree with. Then all the paid bloggers / press what ever you want to call them, come on here and give thumbs down to all of them to make it look like no one agrees with them.

    I agree with every one, they should have paid out the teeth for this.
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    seriousazn , July 13, 2010 2:35 AM
    eugenesterLmfao at 3 mil for the lawyers. Cant live without em, but the world would be so much better if they didnt exist at the same time.

    But it would've cost more the improve their services..that's why they chose the more profitable way out
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    osxsier , July 13, 2010 2:38 AM
    I'm getting my $16. Sure, maybe we think we are due more money. But someone did stand up to Comcast and it earned people some money back and most importantly, Comcast is being held accountable.

    So at the very least, stop bitching about it and go collect your $16 if your a Comcast customer. I know I will.
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    dEAne , July 13, 2010 2:51 AM
    Thats good for Comcast.
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    atomyc , July 13, 2010 2:53 AM
    wow $16. that is way better than most class action settlement of sub $1.
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    rmse17 , July 13, 2010 2:54 AM
    fenix1186:

    No, you don't admit to illegally sharing anything. Since when is P2P illegal? Most Linux ISO's that I download are with torrents, since that puts less load on the servers. The 3GB mod I downloaded yesterday was also over a torrent. As were all the patches for StarCraft II.
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    loneninja , July 13, 2010 3:04 AM
    Comcast users really were victims. I've personally been screwed by them, pay for their high speed service and almost no PC game was playable due to high ping and xbox live wasn't even usable, repeatedly disconnected. Comcasts excuse for why xbox live didn't work, our xbox wasn't powerful enough to handle the games we were playing. lmao

    Of course later we learned they were capping our connection because we used bittorrent, but never going back to them again.
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