Gibson Dunn + Crutcher have been hired by WorldCom Inc to review accusations that it improperly routed calls to avoid expensive fees for connecting them.

WorldCom, which is in bankruptcy protection after being rocked by an accounting scandal that has reached $11 billion. The allegations were made by AT&T Corp., SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

The company “is committed to providing all necessary company resources and its full cooperation to the review,” WorldCom said in a statement. The company plans to change its name to MCI after emerging from bankruptcy.

AT&T, the biggest U.S. long-distance carrier, accused WorldCom of improperly diverting U.S. calls, including those by government agencies, to Canada to avoid hefty connection fees, adding millions of dollars to AT&T’s expenses and luring away lucrative clients.

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