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Military personnel tied to Fort Hood, Texas, have filed suit against BBG Communications, a San Diego-based company that charges stiff rates for credit card phone calls at airports around the world.
Sgt. Richard Corder paid $41 for a 4 second call he made home from the Leipzig airport, and became the major plaintiff in the suit, which is intended to be a class action.
Military personnel coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan must fly through Leipzig, and since they don't have cash, and the BBG phones don't accept calling cards, they must use credit cards at outrageous rates, says San Diego lawyer John Mattes, who with Alan Mansfield has a similar case against BBG in San Diego.
A Texas lawyer is also involved for the plaintiffs in Waco. Mattes says 40,000 troops a month go through the Leipzig airport and are stuck with the BBG phones.