Court Decision Questions a Carrier’s Recovery of the PICC and Emphasizes Carrier Obligation to Comply with Truth-in-Billing
Kelley Drye Client Advisory
November 9, 2007
Recently, the Supreme Court of Washington concluded that Integra Telecom of Washington, Inc. engaged in an unfair or deceptive act or practice by labeling a charge it imposed on business customers a presubscribed interexchange carrier charge (“PICC”). The court found that the “use of the term PICC had the capacity to deceive a substantial portion of the public into thinking the surcharge was FCC regulated and required.” The court’s decision reversed the decision of a lower court and permitted a class action lawsuit against Integra to proceed to trial.

This advisory discusses the far-reaching potential implications of this decision for all carriers, and highlights the importance of complying with federal and state truth-in-billing requirements.