‘COS WE DON’T THINK YOU CAN
“The city isn’t suing [AT&T] on behalf of the customers, of course (though even that would be sort of silly). It’s suing on the notion that when a customer doesn’t use up all of a product or service they purchase, the remainder belongs to the government. So they want the company to pay what the minutes are worth to the D.C. government…”
highway robbers city government essentially wants to tax AT&T, but can’t or won’t levy a tax honestly. So they are trying to confiscate it under the medieval concept of “escheat”.
This ancient concept might work for an abandoned house with no heir, but this is a contract between two living parties, with the city merely muscling in to demand protection money.
Note to DC newlyweds: you might want to consummate the marriage before the city council rediscovers the medieval legal custom of Droit de seigneur.
Just sayin’. Can you hear me now?