April 1, 2004
Association of U S WEST Retirees
Board members and General membership
I have attached hereto in Adobe PDF
file format a copy of the 10 page Answer filed today by Qwest's team of
attorneys responding to the Class Action Complaint filed in the Otero
County District Court in La Junta, Colorado. Qwest is being defended by
two law firms, one in Denver and the other in Pueblo, Colorado. Of
course, the major law firm is Sherman & Howard, where Qwest General
Counsel Richard Baer comes from.
You will notice that each numbered
paragraph in the Answer corresponds to the same numbered paragraph in
the Complaint. Qwest adamantly denies there was any kind of commitment
and the defense team of attorneys assert the usual kitchen sink defense
approach, practically denying everything that was alleged in the Class
The next step is for there to be some
initial disclosures and a scheduling meeting with the judge. I let you
know when that meeting is scheduled to occur.
Again, when you forward this message
and attachment, please urge all recipients to continue mailing to
me photocopies of papers concerning the "Telephone Concession
Reimbursement," also referred to as the "Retiree Telephone Discount."
Please ask that when papers are sent to me, the sender should include a
note with his or her email address. Thank you.
Curtis L. Kennedy
8405 E. Princeton Ave.
Denver, CO 80237-1741