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Douglas F. Brent

Douglas F. Brent

Doug is not currently engaged in the active practice of law. His years of successful work on behalf of clients at Stoll Keenon Ogden in complex cases is testament to substantive experience that drives the firm's Legal Horsepower™. If you require assistance with matters relating to Privacy & Information Security, Business Litigation, Telecommunications Law or Public Utility Law, we invite you to visit our Contact Us page.

Doug served as a skilled regulatory lawyer in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Louisville office for more than 15 years. He was the Co-Chair of the Privacy & Information Security practice and contributed his telecommunications expertise to several other practice groups at the firm.

Working with various business clients, Doug provided strategic legal insight on how to avoid being targeted and sued for violating the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act. He also advised clients on data breach prevention and post-breach response and compliance.

Doug’s work on behalf of clients within the realm of telecommunications included a class-action case involving more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court to challenge overcharges/tariff violations by a regulated telecommunications carrier. In a separate case, he served as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband internet access services provided by the incumbent local exchange carrier. The court approved a settlement agreement totaling $8.2 million.

Prior to joining SKO in 2003, Doug was in-house counsel to a global telecommunications carrier, giving him a keen perspective on issues faced by providers and business customers alike. He spent his early career as an attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

For his efforts in helping clients navigate complex information security and telecommunications issues on a regional and federal level, Doug earned numerous professional recognitions. In 2019, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Communications Law by Best Lawyers in America®.

Douglas F. Brent

Work Highlights

Class Action, Telecommunications and Consumer Protection

SKO acted as counsel for a 175,000-member plaintiff class in U.S. District Court to challenge sales tax collection on broadband Internet access services provided by incumbent local exchange carrier. The Court approved settlement agreement in August 2007 that provided class members full refunds of overpayments plus interest, totaling $8.2 million. Clark v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 461 F.Supp.2d 541 (W.D. Ky. 2006).

Class Action, Telecommunications, Public Utility, Taxation & Consumer Protection

SKO represented a class of more than 450,000 members in U.S. District Court challenge to overcharges/tariff violations by regulated telecommunications carrier. SKO obtained summary judgment on federal overcharge claims for class members and protected class certification by defeating an interlocutory appeal to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. SKO also prevailed for class members in a collateral state utility commission proceeding on issues referred by the District Court. Settlement approved by District Court in November 2013 included cash refunds to all class members. Bowers v. Windstream Ky. East, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157242 (W.D. Ky. 2013).

Federal and State Regulation, Telecommunications

Obtained favorable ruling in interconnection dispute between major telecommunication carriers, prevailing before Sixth Circuit, District Court, and Kentucky Public Service Commission.  BellSouth Telecomms., Inc. v. Goss, 142 Fed. Appx. 886 (6th Cir. 2005).

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