Supreme Court sides with telecoms in consumer case

By a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the nation's largest telecom companies, including Verizon Communications, BellSouth, AT&T and Qwest Communications, did not engage in restraint of trade. The plaintiffs accused the companies of secretly agreeing not to compete in one another's territories for local telephone and broadband services. Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion that the consumers' case lacked specifics.

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