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Global Crossing Telecommunications v. Metrophones Telecommunications

Docket No.: 05-705
Certiorari Granted: 2/21/2006
Argued: October 10, 2006
Decided: April 17, 2007

Topic:

Natural Resources

PartyNames: Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc. v. Metrophones Telecommunications, Inc.
Petitioner: Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc.
Respondent: Metrophones Telecommunications, Inc.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc.
v.
Metrophones Telecommunications, Inc.
550 U.S. 45 (2007)
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO QUESTION 1 PRESENTED BY THE PETITION.

Question Presented:

1. Whether 47 U.S.C. § 201(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 creates a private right of action for a provider of payphone services to sue a long distance carrier for alleged violations of the FCC's regulations concerning compensation for coinless payphone calls. 2. Whether 47 U.S.C. § 276 the Communications Act of 1934 preempts state law claims for quantum meruit and breach of implied contract based on a long distance carrier's alleged failures to compensate a payphone service provider for coinless payphone calls.

Question:

Does Section 201(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 create a private right of action for a payphone service provider to sue a long distance carrier for violations of the FCC's regulations concerning compensation for coinless payphone calls?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
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