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AT&T may drop suit vs. small Ipswich company

But owner says giant wants same

The owner of a small business in Ipswich said AT&T Inc. won’t let him off the hook for a $1.15 million phone bill unless he drops his own lawsuit against the telecom giant for trying to force him to pay for international phone calls he didn’t make.

AT&T said in a statement on Monday that it would abandon its lawsuit against Michael Smith, president of Todd Tool & Abrasive Systems Inc. But Smith said AT&T would only halt its legal action if he agreed by Tuesday to drop his countersuit. “What the AT&T media statement said and what they told our attorney is not the same,” Smith said. “They’re willing to drop the claim if we drop ours.”

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