8th Circuit affirms no damages or § 1983 remedy for violations of the Telecommunications Act



The City of Cameron has prevailed in the latest in a string of judgments and rulings against CenturyLink and its related companies regarding their failure to pay local taxes and comply with laws and rules regarding the use of public property. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected CenturyLink’s attempt to assert a claim for damages against the City of Cameron under § 1983 for an alleged violation of the Telecommunications Act. Cameron, through CVR as counsel, secured dismissal of all of CenturyLink’s claims in the district court, which the Eighth Circuit affirmed. This decision should prevent other telecom companies from attempting to sue Cities for damages for violation of the Telecommunications Act.


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