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Was $25K okay for tower tech foreman who claims he was terminated because of his union advocacy?

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The Tower Climbers United/C.W.A. union (TCU/CWA) has recently issued a press release celebrating a significant triumph following the successful resolution of a dispute with Swartley Tower Services Communications, Inc. (S.T.S. Communications) on behalf of Roland Bachelder, a tower climber who faced discrimination and termination due to his active support of the union movement. The press release highlights that a settlement …

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Goodman Network’s bankruptcy trustee is trying to claw back $10s of millions in fraudulent transactions

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FedEx sues Goodman for $81 million in what trustee says was a minority business product laundering scam A FedEx subsidiary, FedEx Supply Chain Logistics & Electronics, Inc. (FSCLE), is suing executives and directors of Goodman Networks as well as Goodman-associated companies, a Texas bank, and business associates for a multi-faceted scheme to defraud FSCLE of more than $80 million. The …

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Taking editorial roads less traveled seen as the successful driver for Wireless Estimator’s 20th Anniversary

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In 2004, two years before Facebook became accessible to the general public and Yahoo! Groups were getting their internet legs, there was the now-defunct Tower-Pro group. It boasted 2,200 members at its peak, and was one of the few vehicles offering news and only when a member posted a link. At that time, former journalist and veteran contractor in the …

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Verizon shareholder’s startling discovery: Lead cable-based lawsuit features him as the star plaintiff

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The same law firm that helped bring shareholder derivative class actions against AT&T and Verizon executives and board members last July for allegedly covering up their knowledge of abandoned toxic lead-laden telecom cables filed another suit in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey earlier this month on behalf of Verizon shareholder Wade Sarver against Verizon’s current Board of …

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AT&T and Duke Energy bury the hatchet and settle their FCC pole rate row before the Fourth Circuit

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With oral arguments before a three-judge appeals court for the Fourth Circuit set to begin on January 24, 2024, Duke Energy and AT&T have agreed to settle their disagreements against the FCC over a pole rate decision that both were concerned about for different reasons.  On November 18, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the FCC stood by its 2021 decision …

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Valmont initiates legal action against Better Metal for patent infringement

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Nebraska-based Valmont Industries, Inc. has taken legal action against Tennessee’s Better Metal, LLC, filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee. The lawsuit alleges that Better Metal has violated four of Valmont’s patents through the manufacturing and sale of comparable products. Valmont seeks a jury trial to recover damages resulting from the patent infringements, requesting an …

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Comcast slapped with a $19 million verdict for a fatal crash caused by one of its techs in Georgia

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Slips, trips, and falls are the most common causes of injuries or deaths on construction sites, and technicians are constantly reminded of that danger in tailgate sessions, stand-downs, and training. However, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in every primary industry, and one of the critical factors, according to multiple studies said, human error was the primary …

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Nation’s largest-ever lawsuit filed against DoD and Commerce for $39 billion by Ligado in spectrum fight

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Satellite company Ligado Networks is seeking up to $39 billion in compensation from the U.S. government for spectrum rights it claims were unfairly denied, alleging that the Pentagon and Commerce Department used a false pretext of GPS interference to deny its use of wireless spectrum licenses.  In its Hail Mary attempt to stay solvent as bankruptcy looms for Ligado, and …

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TechDash Telecom shutters its doors, swelling unemployment, but some companies are still hiring

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After Fredericksburg, TX, TechDash Telecom ran out of cash when investment funding fell through, and they were aware that one of their lenders would be shortly filing a lawsuit since a note for $4,000,000 had matured, and the company was in default for nonpayment, the turnkey infrastructure company closed its doors on September 11, 2023, according to information obtained by …

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Crown Castle’s Federal Sales Director says he was fired in retaliation for whistleblowing

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A US District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, on August 23, 2023, denied Crown Castle USA, Inc.’s request to dismiss a whistleblower’s complaint for failure to make a claim, and the company is now required to answer Matthew Foosaner’s amended complaint by September 15, 2023. Foosaner alleges one count of retaliation against Crown Castle according to the …

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AT&T CEO says not to worry, but new Verizon lead cable lawsuit tackles climbers’ future harm

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AT&T’s CEO John Stankey said yesterday at a technology conference that tests conducted at several sites where the carrier has abandoned lead-clad cables have shown no risks of a public health crisis. His statement comes shortly after AT&T  and Verizon investors filed similar securities fraud lawsuits after The Wall Street Journal published articles exposing that toxic cables  are still in …

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Lawsuit relies upon Wall Street Journal reporting about toxic lead-sheathed cable buried underground

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UPDATE – August 2, 2023 – On Tuesday, Verizon investors filed a similar lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court to AT&T’s securities fraud lawsuit, stating the carrier lied about the health and safety risks associated with its network of lead-sheathed cables, leading to a decline in Verizon stock after The Wall Street Journal’s articles exposed the toxic cables that are still in …

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AT&T says Mississippi county is stiffing it for relocation costs after they were forced off private property

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AT&T is suing Rankin County, MS, in U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi, for relocation expenses incurred when the county required the carrier to move its distribution and other equipment for a road expansion project from a leased easement from a private property owner that it had acquired in 1991. AT&T alleges that after Rankin County announced that it would widen …

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Insurer wins $112K default judgment for unpaid audit premiums owed by Vanguard Towers

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A federal court for the Western District of Louisiana provided an insurer with a default judgment of over $112,000 against Vanguard Towers Inc. in its April 3, 2023, lawsuit over unpaid premiums after the company failed to enter a response to the insurer’s complaint. The court ordered the cell tower retrofitting and construction company to pay Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance …

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Nexius, owing $600 million to creditors, shoveled millions to a supplier in Beirut before filing bankruptcy

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In 2001, brothers Nabil and Ned Taleb co-founded Nexius in a two-bedroom Virginia apartment. They continued to bootstrap their first year’s revenues of $1 million to a multi-corporation self-performing wireless industry enterprise that boosted revenues to $1 billion in 2022. But cash is king, and they ran out of it last year and sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection three weeks …

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Aggravated over aggregator Everest’s ‘multi-million dollar scheme’, Vertical Bridge files a lawsuit

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Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC has filed a lawsuit against competitor Everest Infrastructure Partners (EIP), alleging that it ran an unfair “multi-million dollar scheme to unlawfully improve its market share” at Vertical Bridge’s expense through trade secret misappropriation, interfering with existing contractual relations and false advertising. Vertical Bridge, the tower arm of Digital Bridge, requests that EIP provide an accounting of …

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Golden Gate Communications will stop spending good money after bad in Allios $1.25 million lawsuit

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Last December, California-based Golden Gate Communications, LLC sued Allios, Inc. for $1.25 million for 403 invoices that were never paid for products purchased from the telecom distributor to construct AT&T’s and other industry projects. Last Thursday, the Santa Barbara company filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas to dismiss the complaint without prejudice …

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Liberal, Kansas most likely wasn’t up to par if they had to defend AT&T’s golf course siting lawsuit

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In a court filing today, all claims and defenses between AT&T and the City of Liberal, Kansas, are dismissed without prejudice, according to a joint application filed with the District Court for the District of Kansas in Wichita. In addition, the parties agreed that each party would bear its own attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses. In its November 23, 2023 …

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Texas court will likely give AT&T a hollow victory in its $1.44M lawsuit against former golden child Goodman

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Contractors and suppliers that have had to sue clients, such as Nexius, for past due payments know that it’s an expensive legal and often fruitless process that can take a year or two since attorneys aren’t adverse to the defendant’s counsel delaying the process as long as possible as they pile up billable hours. So when AT&T’s attorneys filed a lawsuit …

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Pirate radio broadcaster never paid a $20K fine in 2015, so why does the FCC think they’ll get $2.3 million for a second offense?

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The FCC yesterday announced its first proposed fines under the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE Act) against three pirate radio operators. The agency issued the maximum penalty allowable, $2,316,034, against César Ayora and Luis Angel Ayora for pirate radio broadcasting in Queens, New York. However, the Commission most likely realizes that the fine is more of a …