Lumen Technologies – the US fixed line operator which rebranded from CenturyLink in September 2020 – has agreed to pay USD275,000 to resolve a civil contempt claim by the Department of Justice arising from the telco’s violations of the Amended Final Judgement that was designed to preserve competition following CenturyLink’s 2018 acquisition of Level 3 Communications.
On 2 September the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division filed a petition in federal court in Washington, DC, asking the court to find CenturyLink in civil contempt of the Amended Final Judgment. At the same time, the department filed a settlement agreement, which – if approved by the court – will resolve the claim.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division commented: ‘CenturyLink is a repeat offender. The request for a finding of civil contempt is appropriate because the company violated its amended obligations immediately after the court imposed them. When companies fail to comply with court-ordered obligations, the Antitrust Division will take action to enforce them.’