A Texas woman has filed suit against American Tower alleging that the company used deceptive practices when it renegotiated a lease agreement with her mother.
Christi Arthur’s mother, Gloria Mount, was receiving $605 a month for a tower on her property in Beaumont, Texas, until American Tower officials met with her and negotiated a one-time payment of $3,710 and a 10-year extension, according to the complaint.
“The renegotiation was unconscionable,” Jennifer Turner of law firm Orgain, Bell and Tucker, Arthur’s attorney said via phone. “The one-time payment did not justify the discontinuance of the monthly payments.” The total of the monthly payments spread out over 10 years would have been $72,600.
Texas has a consumer protection statute called the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and Mount may be protected by it.
“There are repercussions when a big company has acted unconscionably toward someone who is not sophisticated and doesn’t understand what they are signing,” Turner said.
To make matters worse, Turner will make the case that Mount was mentally incompetent and not able to make business decisions and that the tower company knew it.
American Tower did not respond to a request for an interview.