IPSWICH — Most months, the phone bill for Michael Smith's small Ipswich manufacturing firm runs about $700.
But one weekend in 2009, phone hackers somehow managed to use his phone system to make hundreds of calls to the African nation of Somalia.
Since then, Smith, the owner of Todd Tool and Abrasive Systems on Route 1, has been fighting a David vs. Goliath battle against AT&T.
They're suing him for more than $1.15 million — you read that right — in charges and interest for a four-day period in September 2009 when someone managed to rack up $891,470 in phone calls.
"They're taking a hard line," said Smith, who said he was also warned by lawyers for AT&T that they would take action if he "disparaged" the company's name in the media.