It is now unclear whether Columbia will receive nearly $54 million awarded last year in a lawsuit filed against CenturyLink, after the Eastern District Court of Appeals reversed much of the court’s decision Tuesday.

In 2021, a St. Louis County judge ruled in favor of Columbia and Joplin in a legal battle against Spectra Communications Group, which is owned by CenturyLink, for unpaid and underpaid business license taxes dating back to 2007.

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