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SPRINT: FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT DISMISSES AT&T LAWSUIT AGAINST SPRINT

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) issued the following on a federal court's dismissal of an AT&T (NYSE: T) lawsuit against Sprint:
 BACKGROUND: On Feb. 10, 1993, AT&T filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, against Sprint claiming violations of Section 203 of the Communications Act. AT&T alleged in that suit that Sprint was "providing long distance telephone service to certain customers at secretly negotiated and unfiled rates" AT&T claimed that it had suffered damages "... in an amount that exceeds many millions of dollars."
 Sprint moved to dismiss AT&T's lawsuit, arguing that the FCC has primary jurisdiction in tariffing matters, that Sprint always has been and remains in compliance with FCC tariff regulations and that the statute requires AT&T to file tariff complaints with the FCC, if at all.
 In an order signed Nov. 9 and released today, Judge Stanley S. Harris dismissed AT&T's suit, as requested by Sprint. The judge found that "AT&T's complaints are better resolved by the FCC."
 Following is Sprint's statement in reaction to Judge Harris' ruling:
 Sprint is pleased that the court has dismissed AT&T's suit and ruled that AT&T must file its complaint -- if at all -- with the FCC. Sprint's tariffs on file with the FCC are and always have been in full compliance with all laws and regulations, and the FCC has never found otherwise.
 The lawsuit that AT&T filed was nothing more than a marketing ploy designed to invoke fear in Sprint customers by implying that, somehow, their agreements with Sprint were improper or illegal. We are happy that the court has refused to allow AT&T to use the legal process for such improper purposes. Perhaps, now, AT&T will try to compete against Sprint in the telecommunications marketplace, instead of the courts.
 Sprint customers can now rest even more assured that our agreements with them represent not only great value and outstanding service, but also are completely valid and in full compliance with the law and FCC regulations.
 -0- 11/19/93
 /CONTACT: Steve Dykes of Sprint, 202-828-7435, or home, 703-242-1769/
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