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Shentel and apartment owner settle lawsuit

Daily staff report

Shentel Converged Services Inc. and a Connecticut-based company have settled their lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski dismissed the suit with prejudice -- meaning CH 17 LLC can't bring the same claim again, according to USLegal's website -- on Dec. 12, according to online court records.

The order states the parties have resolved the suit by entering into a settlement agreement. in it, Urbanski orders each side to pay its own costs.

Harrisonburg attorney David Isaac Klass, who represented Shentel, didn't have any comment Monday on behalf of his client or in regard to whether the settlement terms were confidential.

A call to an attorney representing CH 17 wasn't returned Monday afternoon.

Shentel filed the suit in March seeking the $100,000 it said it was owed by CH 17 for Internet service at an apartment complex called River Walk. The 223-unit complex houses students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, according to the lawsuit.

CH 17 bought River Walk two years ago from Greater Greensboro Investment Properties, which in turn had a 10-year agreement with NTC to provide Internet service to the apartments, the suit alleges. Shentel merged with NTC several years ago.

Shentel claimed it and GGIP came up with an agreement in March 2008 in which the latter would pay Shentel $13.50 per bedroom per month beginning Aug. 2008. With 682 bedrooms all together, Shentel was to be paid about $9,200 a month for Internet, according to the complaint.

The Edinburg telecommunications firm alleged CH 17 hadn't paid it since May 2011.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com

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