Welcome to the Meighan v. Sprint Communications settlement website. This website has been established to provide information regarding a Settlement in a class action involving land next to or under railroad rights of way where Sprint has installed a Telecommunications Cable System (such as fiber-optic, copper, or coaxial cables for the transmission of voice or data). The Settlement resolves litigation over whether Sprint had the right to install a Telecommunications Cable System within the railroad rights of way without the consent of people who own land next to or under the rights of way.
The Settlement will pay landowners’ claims and provide Sprint certain telecommunications easement rights in the rights of way. If you make a Qualified Claim, you may be paid $4.50, $2.75, or $0.40 per lineal foot for every foot that Sprint’s Telecommunications Cable System runs in the railroad right of way next to your property, if owned for the entire Compensation Period, and if there were no other co-owners of the property. The Benefit amounts depend on where your Covered Property is located.
The Court approved the Settlement on November 14, 2013, and it became final on December 14, 2013. Claim forms will be mailed to eligible property owners in January 2014. The only way to get a payment from the Settlement is to submit a Claim Form.
The railroad corridors that are part of this settlement are shown on the map below. More information is available on the Settlement Corridors page of this website.