4th Circ. Scraps Billing Agent's AT&T Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (December 9, 2011, 8:45 PM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of billing agent CGM LLC's $14 million suit accusing BellSouth Telecommunications Inc. and AT&T Corp. of charging anti-competitive rates to rival telecoms that resell BellSouth's services in North Carolina.

A three-judge panel held that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad correctly ruled that as a billing agent for the competing carriers, CGM lacked standing to bring the suit under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Since CGM had no specific interconnection agreement with BellSouth, as outlined under the Telecommunications...
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