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The $8 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit between wireless phone users and the City of Chula Vista means thousands of residents are eligible for refunds — but valid claims must be filed by July 31, 2013.

According to chulavistacellphonetaxsettlement.com, “This case was filed by two Chula Vista residents who believe the City of Chula Vista unlawfully collected a local tax on their cellular phone bill. The Court certified the lawsuit as a class action, so all people with a cell phone and a billing address in Chula Vista are represented in the lawsuit. The City denied any wrongdoing and still denies any liability in this case.”

The three payment options are $35, $50 per year of cell phone service ($150 maximum), or an estimated full refund. The refunds are available to Chula Vista wireless phone users who paid the city’s “Telephone/Utility Users Taxes” on their wireless phone bills from April 2010 through April 2013.

According to a Voice of San Diego article published in May, a City of Chula Vista spokesperson said “the city has enough money stashed away to pay the full $8 million if necessary.”

The San Diego law offices of CaseyGerry organized a meeting to be held at the Chula Vista Civic Library’s Civic Center branch auditorium at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15, to aid eligible taxpayers in completing their claims. The Newport Beach offices of Capretz & Associates are also involved in the suit.

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