South Carolina county alleges telecommunications companies failed to bill for 911 charges

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 18, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Legal Newsline) – A South Carolina county alleges several telecommunications companies failed to collect 911 charges.

County of Richland, South Carolina filed a complaint on May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of South Carolina, Columbia Division against AT&T Corp., Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC, Teleport Communications America LLC, et al. alleging that they violated the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to properly bill, collect and remit 911 charges as required by the state of South Carolina and local ordinances. The plaintiff alleges its 911 emergency services are not properly and adequately funded because of the defendants' conduct.

The plaintiff holds AT&T Corp., Bellsouth Telecommunications LLC, Teleport Communications America LLC, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly violated their legal duties and obligations to it.

The plaintiff seeks costs, reasonable attorneys' fees and such other general and special relief to which it may be entitled. It is represented by Marlon E. Kimpson, Lance V. Oliver and Annie E. Kouba of Motley Rice LLC in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of South Carolina, Columbia Division case number 3:18-cv-01295-RMG

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