Qwest Lawsuit

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The Denver-based telephone company Qwest is the target of a lawsuit alleging the company reneged on a business agreement.

Hamid Ansari of Plano, Texas filed the lawsuit yesterday in U-S District Court in Denver.

Ansari says Qwest persuaded him to buy 20 (m) million dollars worth of transmission capacity on its global fiber-optic network in June 2001 after promising to order more than 33 (m) million dollars worth of telecom gear from Ansari's employer.

Ansari says Qwest backed out, resulting in the pending claims of fraud, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and breaking federal
communications laws.

Qwest declined to comment.