Freedom Settles Suits Over Prepaid Phone Patents

By Julie Zeveloff (February 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Freedom Wireless LLC has reached settlements with a host of defendants, including Ericsson Inc., Cingular Wireless LLC and T-Mobile USA Inc., in a protracted spat over patents related to prepaid cell phone technology.

Stipulations of dismissal with several of the parties were lodged Tuesday and Thursday in three separate suits in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the remaining parties are in the process of being dismissed, according to a person familiar with the case.

Details of the settlement are under wraps, but consent judgments in favor of Freedom Wireless against Ericsson were lodged in all...

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