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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Civil Contempt

AT&T agreed to pay more than $2 million as part of a civil settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve AT&T’s alleged violations of two court orders entered in connection with AT&T’s acquisition of Dobson Communications Corporation. Under a March 2008 consent decree, AT&T was required to divest mobile wireless telecommunications businesses in three rural service areas. Under the consent decree and a related court order, AT&T was required to ensure that the divested businesses were operated independently of AT&T and that AT&T did not influence how they were managed. AT&T was also required to preserve the confidentiality of information material to the operation of the divested businesses and not give unauthorized personnel access to such information. The government alleged AT&T failed to separate confidential customer account information of the divested businesses from its own customer records and to take other actions needed to prevent unauthorized disclosure. As a result, AT&T personnel obtained unauthorized access to the divested businesses’ competitively sensitive customer information and in some situations used it to solicit and win away the divested businesses’ customers. The government also alleged that AT&T, without authorization, waived early termination fees for several customers of the divested businesses to facilitate switching their wireless service from the divested businesses to AT&T.

Misconduct Type
Antitrust
Enforcement Agency
FCC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Civil Contempt Order
1/14/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
AT&T Inc. $2,050,000
Further Information Released
Civil Contempt Order 3/3/2009
Press Release 3/3/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database