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June 26, 2014

Litigants re-file 1989 rate order lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY — Litigants have asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to decide a lawsuit seeking to nullify a 1989 Corporation Commission order that set telephone rates for a predecessor company of telecommunications giant AT&T.

The lawsuit was originally filed June 17 in Oklahoma County District Court by Sody Clements, mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb of Nichols Hills, and retired Lt. Gen. Richard Burpee, former commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. The new filing asks the state’s highest court to resolve the case.

The lawsuit asks that the Corporation Commission order that lowered telephones rates but did not include refunds of what the lawsuit alleges were “excess revenues” be voided.

A spokesman for AT&T, Marty Richter, has said the 25-year-old order should be a closed issue.

— AP

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