Atlanta-based Internet service provider EarthLink has settled a long-running class action suit alleging that it improperly levied early termination fees against its customers. Among the settlement conditions, EarthLink agreed to lower its current fees, refund half of the fees to as many as 850,000 potential class members, and drop any efforts to collect outstanding fees or report customers owing such fees to credit reporting bureaus.

The settlement also promises to pay $3.7 million in attorney fees and expenses, and three class representatives will each receive $7,500 in “incentive awards.”

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