WASHINGTON, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The following class-action Settlement is being announced by Court-approved Notice-program designer, Kinsella Media LLC:
A federal court has granted preliminary approval for a class-action Settlement involving fiber-optic cable and related telecommunications equipment that have been installed in railroad Rights of Way. This Settlement resolves a lawsuit in Maine, and will provide cash benefits to current and former owners of land next to or under the Rights of Way.
Sprint Communications Company L.P. ("Sprint"), the Defendant, is a telecommunications company. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Sprint or its predecessors buried fiber-optic cable and installed related telecommunications equipment within railroad Rights of Way nationwide. A railroad Right of Way is a strip of land on which a railroad company builds and operates a railroad. The Defendant entered into agreements with the railroads that own and occupy the Rights of Way, and under those agreements paid the railroads for the rights to install the fiber-optic cable and related telecommunications equipment within the Rights of Way.
Plaintiffs allege that, before installing the fiber-optic cable and related telecommunications equipment, the Defendant also was required to obtain consent from those landowners who owned the land under the Rights of Way. The Defendant contends that the railroads had the right to allow them to use the Rights of Way without the need for further permission from the adjoining landowners and deny any wrongdoing.
Class Members include current or previous owners of land next to or under a railroad Right of Way, at any time since the cable was installed in the state of Maine. Settlements have previously been approved in 44 states.
Class Members can find out when fiber-optic cable was installed in a particular Right of Way by visiting www.FiberOpticSettlements.com/Maine or calling 1-866-430-8983. Class Members will have an opportunity to claim cash benefits if the Court approves the Proposed Settlement.
The Proposed Settlement will provide cash payments to qualifying Class Members based on various factors that include:
- How many feet of property you own next to the railroad right of way,
- How long you owned the property, and
- How many people co-own the property with you.
The Proposed Settlement will also provide the Defendant with a permanent Telecommunications Easement, which gives them the right to use the railroad Rights of Way for their fiber-optic cable and related telecommunications equipment, if they don't already have that right.
For more information regarding the Class Actions visit www.FiberOpticSettlements.com/Maine, or call 1-866-430-8983.
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SOURCE Kinsella Media, LLC