Sprint, Others Pay $14M To End Calif. Landowners' Cable Suit

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 6:29 PM EST) -- Four of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, including Sprint Communications Co. LP and Qwest Communications Co. LLC, on Wednesday agreed to pay $14.2 million to settle class claims that they installed fiber-optic telecommunications systems on private property in California without asking landowners' permission or offering compensation.

U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson preliminarily approved the settlement, in which Sprint, Qwest, Level 3 Communications LLC and WilTel Communications LLC said they would pay $8.37 million to class members, plus $5.84 million in administrative costs and attorneys' fees....
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