Suddenlink countersues nTelos in West Va.

In the wake of a lawsuit filed by West Virginia rival FiberNet, defendant Suddenlink has filed a suit of its own against FiberNet parent company nTelos (Nasdaq: NTLS), accusing nTelos of fraud associated with statements it made to Suddenlink prior to its acquisition of FiberNet in December.

Suddenlink says nTelos/FiberNet agreed to waive early termination fees for subscribers with bundled packages, CED Magazine reports, adding that this type of agreement is a common condition in the approval of any merger of communications providers.

The suit also cites FiberNet's recent lawsuit against Suddenlink, a move that Suddenlink deemed "tortious interference" with its ability to conduct business with customers in West Virginia, according to court documents obtained by FierceCable.

In early March, FiberNet filed a 29-page complaint in the Kanahwa, West Va. circuit court alleging that three former employees, who had since moved over to Suddenlink, had used confidential information to poach FiberNet customers. Suddenlink denies the allegations.

For more:
- see FierceCable's take
- CED Magazine has this article

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