3 Telecom Giants Will Pay $12M To Settle Wildfire Claims

Law360, New York (September 13, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT) -- In a settlement that was approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission, AT&T Mobility LLC, Sprint Telephony PCS and Verizon Wireless will pay a total of $12 million to resolve allegations over their roles in the 2007 Malibu Canyon wildfire triggered by fallen utility poles.

The settlement payment, to be borne equally among the three telecommunications companies, excludes NextG Networks of California Inc. and utility Southern California Edison Co., which together with the three settling companies had faced a CPUC probe in January 2009 because...
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