Landowners Denied Class Cert. Over Corroded AT&T Cable

Law360 (September 25, 2018, 7:39 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Tuesday denied class certification to residents who sued AT&T Inc. alleging that the company is responsible for digging up abandoned telephone cables buried about 70 years ago, saying that the individual easements the company has struck with landowners over the decades favor individualized claims. 

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett issued the 11-page ruling Tuesday denying named plaintiff Kenneth Cook and four other residents' motion for class certification. The lawsuit alleges that the telecommunications giant buried numerous communication cables after being granting easements in the 1950's to properties spanning 200 miles between Houston and Dallas. ...

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