BENTON – Two Illinois telephone
companies are suing over the defendants' alleged refusal to pay
access fees for services they provide.
Harrisonville Telephone Company and
Shawnee Telephone Company filed the suit May 10 in U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Level 3
Communications LLC, Wiltel Communications LLC and Global Crossing
As providers of local telephone
services in Illinois, the plaintiffs provide access services to the
defendants, and others, that allow calls to be routed on their
long-distance networks, both in state and out of state, the suit claims.
According to the complaint, the
defendants have not paid some of those access charges, withholding the payments because the calls traverse three different
carriers' networks. The suit says that even though a federal court judge ruled
that the defendants must pay those charges, they continue to refuse
to do so.
In addition to a jury trial and a
declaratory judgment that the defendants must pay the fees, the
plaintiffs also seek damages, fees to which the plaintiffs may be
entitled, and other relief that the court determines is just. The
plaintiffs are represented by Lorna K. Geiler of Meyer Capel in
U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Illinois Case number 16-cv-517