Racketeering suit vs. Qwest won't be revived
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to
revive a multibillion-dollar racketeering suit filed against
Qwest Communications by the trustees of a now-bankrupt joint
venture the company formed in the
Netherlands. The justices
let stand a lower court ruling that the KPNQwest NV trustees'
claims should be adjudicated in the
rather than in New
The trustees were seeking to take advantage of the
triple-damages provision in a
The failed company, a Hoofddorp-based joint venture of Qwest and
Hague-based Royal KPN NV, was created in 1999 to construct a
European fiber-optics telecommunications network.