Welcome to the Hord v. Qwest 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 Qwest (hereinafter Defendant) 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 the Defendant 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 qualifying landowners’ claims and provide the Defendant certain telecommunications easement rights in the rights of way. Qualified Claimants may be paid $6.60 per lineal foot for every foot that Qwest’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 Court approved the settlement on December 14, 2011. There were no appeals, and the settlement became final on January 13, 2012. Claim forms will be mailed to eligible property owners in February, 2012. Please be patient.
The railroad corridors that are part of this settlement are shown on the map below. More information is available on the Settlement Corridor page of this website.