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Sprint accuses federal government of failure to apply correct regulations

By Michael Abella | Oct 14, 2016

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Sprint is suing federal agencies and officials, alleging failure to apply the correct regulations.

Sprint Corporation filed a lawsuit Oct. 4 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of the Interior, Sally Jewell, the Bureau of Land Management, Neil Kornze and the Interior Board of Land Appeals, alleging violation of the Federal Land Policy Management Act.

According to the complaint, Sprint has suffered financial damages for being declared in trespass of public lands and for paying imposed fees and penalties of $86,931.96. The plaintiff alleges the defendants unlawfully received more than the fair market value of Sprint's use of the communications site and failed to recognize the authorization that the Bureau of Land Management granted to plaintiff.

Sprint seeks trial by jury, an order declaring Sprint is authorized to use the communications site, enjoining the defendants from finding the plaintiff in trespass, court costs and expenses and all other relief the court deems just. It is represented by attorneys Christopher M. Loveland of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Washington, and by S. Keith Garner and Alexander L. Merritt of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in San Francisco.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Case number 1:16-cv-01972

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