AT&T unit pays $1.4 million to settle E-Rate FCA allegations

by bvernia | October 14th, 2009

The Department of Justice announced on October 13 a settlement of a qui tam suit brought against AT&T Missouri. The suit alleged that the company colluded with school officials in Kansas City, Missouri, to award E-Rate telecommunication services contracts to the company in exchange for meals and other inducements.

The case was handled by AUSA Lucinda Woolery and DOJ Trial Attorney Alicia Bentley. The relator was AT&T Missouri’s competitor in bids with the school system, American Fiber Systems, Inc., and was represented by Juliet Cox of Kutak Rock in Kansas City, along with Matthew Faul and Mark Johnson of Sonnenschein’s Kansas City office. AT&T was represented by Cathy Dean and Douglas Kramer of Polsinelli Shughart in Kansas City.

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