• On October 1, 2012, Sprint, Qwest, Level 3, WilTel filed for approval of their settlement with putative class of Pennsylvania landowners in a case alleging improper takings of property for the installation of fiber-optic cable on their property. Under the settlement, the carriers would pay over $8 million, approximately $5.5 million of which would go to the landowners and slightly less than $2 million of which would go to the plaintiffs’ counsel. In exchange, the landowners will grant the carriers an easement to keep their cable where it is and use the adjoining ten feet of land along the cable, but they will not allow construction of larger objects like cell towers. In advocating for approval of the settlement, the parties agreed that “all indicia point to a settlement that was reached after extensive discovery, with due consideration of the parties’ prospects going forward, and in hard-fought, arm’s-length negotiations.” The parties asked for a final fairness hearing any time after June 8, 2013, which will allow time for plaintiffs’ counsel to provide notice to potential class claimants. Lake Forest Partners, L.P. v. Sprint Commc’ns Co., No. 2:12-cv-00999-AJS (W.D. Pa.).