March 1, 2012 5:00 AM

Kansas landowners granted $4.2 million settlement in telecom class action

| A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $4.2 million class-action settlement in claims by thousands of Kansas landowners against three of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies, calling the deal a “Herculean job” that will help solve the property rights dispute over installation of fiber-optic cable on railroad rights of way.

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