Sprint Reaches Deal With Landowners In Cable-Laying Dispute

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT) -- A class of South Dakota property owners on Tuesday asked a federal judge to approve a $504,000 settlement with Sprint Communications Co. LP in a dispute over the ownership and rights to railroad rights of way on which the company laid fiber-optic cable systems.

The suit is one of about 70 filed in state and federal courts across the country arguing that railroads do not have sufficient rights to the rights of way — private land granted through an easement for transportation purposes — to authorize...
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