AT&T Missouri will pay the city of Springfield, Mo., $7.45 million to settle a back-taxes lawsuit, bringing to over $25 million the amount that the city has received from recent telecom settlements. All of the $7.45 million will go to the police-fire pension fund. The settlement results from a lawsuit the city filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City in May 2004, naming AT&T, Sprint, Alltel, Cingular (now AT&T Mobility) and Nextel as Defendants.
The U.S. District Court ruled in the city’s favor in July 2007 on issues involving wireless services, leaving only the landline issues to be resolved. With this settlement, the city has netted $25,128,788 from the telecom providers. Of that amount, $24,088,788 has been or will be applied to the police-fire pension fund, including the entire amounts of the last three settlements. The city elected not to join a class-action lawsuit with 240 other Missouri communities and that decision proved to be a good one. While that lawsuit resulted in a $218 million settlement, Springfield would have received only about $5.5 million had it joined the class. Obviously, it did much better on its own.
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