AT&T; Corp. will pay $400,000 in fines and issue refunds to as many as 311,000 New Yorkers to settle claims the company billed customers who didn’t order service.
AT&T; was fined for charging a $7.72 monthly long-distance fee to clients who hadn’t signed up, state Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer said.
AT&T; spokesman Bob Nersesian called the problem a “billing error” and said the company wasn’t switching people without authorization.
Shares of AT&T; rose 25 cents to $14.67 on the New York Stock Exchange.