293 F.3d 926 (5th Cir. 2002), 01-40808, Nolen v. Nucentrix Broadband Networks Inc.

Docket Nº:01-40808
Citation:293 F.3d 926
Party Name:Nolen v. Nucentrix Broadband Networks Inc.
Case Date:June 26, 2002
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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293 F.3d 926 (5th Cir. 2002)

John NOLEN, Individually and on behalf of all persons similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellant,


NUCENTRIX BROADBAND NETWORKS INC., also known as Heartland Wireless Communications, Inc.; et al., Defendants,

Nucentrix Broadband Networks Inc., also known as Heartland Wireless Communications, Inc.; Nucentrix Telecom; Heartland Cable Television; Nucentrix Broadband Networks; Nucentrix Internet Services; Nucentrix Spectrum; Nucentrix Telephony; Cyberwave Heartnet; Clear Choice TV; Nucentrix Internet Services Inc.; Heartland Cable Television Inc.; Spectrum Resources Inc.; Wireless One Inc.; CS Wireless Systems Inc.; CAI Wireless Systems Inc.; Unidentified Parties, 1-34; Stephen Feinburg; Cerberus Partners LP; Cerberus International Ltd.; Cerberus Institutional Partners LP, its joint ventures and alliance members; DirecTV Inc.; Hughes Electronics Corporation; Cross Country Wireless Inc.; Rural Vision Joint Venture, its officers and directors; Carroll D. McHenry; Marjean Henderson; Amy E. Ivanoff; Richard B. Gold; Terry S. Parker; Neil S. Subin; R. Ted Weschler; Robert S. Cecil; Jack R. Crosly; J.R. Holland, Jr.; John A. Sprague; L. Allen Wheeler; ISP Alliance Inc.; Wireless Enterprises LLC; Peoples Choice TV Corp., Defendants-Appellees.

No. 01-40808.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

June 26, 2002

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David Allen Furlow (argued), Thompson & Knight, Houston, TX, Charles Bryan Powers, Robstown, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Jeffrey R. Bragalone (argued), Lewis T. LeClair, Patrick J. Conroy, McKool Smith, Dallas, TX, Jorge C. Rangel, Law Offices of Jorge C. Rangel, Corpus Christi, TX, for Nucentrix Broadband Networks Inc., Nucentrix Telecom, Heartland Cable Television, Nucentrix Broadband Networks, Nucentrix Internet Services, Nucentrix Spectrum, Nucentrix Telephony, Cyberwave Heartnet, Clear Choice TV, Nucentrix Internet Services Inc., Heartland Cable Television Inc., Spectrum Resources Inc., McHenry, Henderson, Ivanoff, Gold, Parker, Subin, Weschler, Crosly, Holland, Sprague and Wheeler.

John Charles Eichman, Robert Brooks Gilbreath, Jenkens & Gilchrist, Dallas, TX, for Wireless One Inc., CS Wireless Systems Inc., CAI Wireless Systems Inc., Cross Country Wireless Inc. and Wireless Enterprises Inc.

Lawrence M. Rolnick, Sheila A. Sadighi (argued), Lowenstein Sandier, Roseland, NJ, John A. Kazen, Kazen, Meurer & Perez, Laredo, TX, for Feinburg, Cerberus Partners LP, Cerberus Intern. Ltd., Cerberus Institutional Partners LP.

William Michael Mills, Sofia Amabel Ramon, Atlas & Hall, McAllen, TX, for Directv Inc. and Hughes Electronics Corp.

Brant Mitchell Laue, Armstrong Teasdale, Kansas City, MO, for Peoples Choice TV Corp.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Before DAVIS, EMILIO M. GARZA and STEWART, Circuit Judges.

EMILIO M. GARZA, Circuit Judge:

Plaintiff-Appellant John Nolen filed this lawsuit on behalf of a class of similarly situated cable subscribers against Nucentrix Broadband Networks, Inc., various other related corporations, subsidiaries, and individual directors named in Nolen's notice of appeal (collectively, "Nucentrix") for violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq. Specifically, Nolen alleged that Nucentrix collected unlawful debts in the form of late...

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