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Telecommunications

  • November 7, 2011

    AT&T Violates E-Pay Patent, Suit Claims

    An electronic payments processor on Friday launched a patent infringement suit against AT&T Corp. in Illinois, accusing the telecom giant and its affiliates of unlawfully leeching off a patented payment collection system through its Express Pay payment service.

  • November 4, 2011

    Reps. Knock Opt-Out Facet Of Verizon’s Targeted Ad Plans

    Two U.S. congressmen said Friday they were concerned that Verizon Communications Inc. and Verizon Wireless were requiring customers to opt out of rather than affirmatively opt in to programs that share information about them to aid advertising efforts.

  • November 4, 2011

    AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Faces Potential Delay As Fight Rages

    AT&T Inc. on Thursday expanded the timeline for its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. by three months while it battles antitrust suits from the U.S. government and rivals Sprint Nextel Corp. and C Spire Wireless Inc.

  • November 3, 2011

    Comcast Can’t Disconnect Part Of Installers’ Wage Action

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday declined to toss part of a class action brought by a group of cable installers against Comcast Corp. over their employment classification, ruling the installers had sufficiently stated a claim under the Illinois Employee Classification Act.

  • November 3, 2011

    Jones Day Helps Riverside Clinch German Telecom Deal

    Growth-focused private equity firm The Riverside Co. has teamed up with German private equity firm Halder to buy Hanover, Germany-based Internet communication solutions company Keymile Group from its former CEO and from Hannover Finanz Group, Riverside said Thursday.

  • November 2, 2011

    Sprint, C Spire Suits Over AT&T Merger Trimmed

    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed some antitrust claims brought by Sprint Nextel Corp. and C Spire Wireless Inc. over AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. for failing to adequately allege injuries, but let the suits move forward.

  • November 2, 2011

    ITC Lets Nintendo Off Hook In Wii Controller Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday handed Nintendo Co. Ltd. a preliminary victory in a case brought by video game technology maker Motiva LLC, finding Nintendo's Wii system did not infringe Motiva’s patents covering wireless controller devices.

  • November 2, 2011

    Viacom Struggles To Keep Two Time Warner Battles Apart

    Viacom International Inc. on Wednesday moved to prevent Time Warner Cable Inc. from introducing their state court dispute over programming content into Viacom’s federal court suit alleging Time Warner violated their distribution contracts by streaming Viacom's copyrighted content on iPads.

  • November 2, 2011

    Sinclair Lands Freedom TV Stations For $385M

    Television broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. will purchase the broadcast assets of media company Freedom Communications Inc. for $385 million in a deal that will expand Sinclair's growing portfolio and help Freedom cut its debt, the companies said Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2011

    Creditors Sue Verizon For $2B Over FairPoint Deal

    Former creditors of FairPoint Communications Inc. slapped Verizon Communications Inc. with a $2 billion fraudulent transfer suit Friday in North Carolina, claiming the telecom giant drove FairPoint to bankruptcy by luring it into the "disastrous" purchase of outdated telephone infrastructure.

  • November 1, 2011

    News Corp., DirecTV Reach Deal On Fox Channels

    News Corp. and DirecTV Group Inc. reached an agreement Monday that will keep Fox cable and broadcast channels on the satellite broadcaster's service, ending a contentious negotiating process and resolving a contract dispute just before a deadline expired.

  • November 1, 2011

    BET, MTV Sued Over Essence Concert Broadcast

    Viacom Inc. units BET Networks and MTV Networks were hit with a copyright and trademark infringement suit in California on Friday by rival TV One LLC, which claims they acquired and BET broadcast exclusive coverage of the Essence Music Festival without permission.

  • November 1, 2011

    Top Female Deal Maker: Shearman's Christa D'Alimonte

    When Shearman & Sterling LLP partner Christa D'Alimonte was a young associate she didn't think of herself as a deal broker, but a decade later she would be known as a steady-handed negotiator in one of the most watched media conglomerate splits in history, the $50 billion separation of Viacom Inc. and CBS Broadcasting Inc., landing her a spot on Law360's list of Top Female Deal Makers.

  • October 31, 2011

    Consumer Group Targets Verizon Data Sharing In FTC

    A public interest group targeted Verizon Wireless in a Federal Trade Commission complaint Friday, alleging the company is engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices by collecting and distributing its customers' personal information to other companies without their consent.

  • October 28, 2011

    Fox Ads About Fee Dispute Are Misleading: DirecTV

    A DirecTV Group Inc. executive complained to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday about Fox Broadcasting Co. Inc., saying it is running misleading advertisements in the midst of the two companies' dispute over cable programming.

  • October 28, 2011

    Liberty's $4.5B KBW Buy Could Hurt Cable Market: Germany

    Germany's antitrust regulator raised concerns Friday about Liberty Global Inc.'s proposed $4.5 billion acquisition of cable company Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH & Co. KG from a Swiss private equity firm, citing the potential for diminished competition in Germany's cable market.

  • October 27, 2011

    Fox Sports, NeuLion Hit With IP Suits Over Web Simulations

    DDB Technologies LLC launched suits against News Corp. unit Fox Sports Interactive Media LLC and NeuLion Inc. in Texas federal court Thursday, alleging the companies infringed its patented method for producing online simulations of live sport broadcasts.

  • October 27, 2011

    LCD Screen Makers Can't Nix MetroPCS' Price-Fixing Claims

    A California federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss MetroPCS Wireless Inc.'s price-fixing claims in multidistrict litigation against a slew of display-panel makers, ruling that the statute of limitations for the Illinois antitrust claims had not expired.

  • October 27, 2011

    NBC's Bravo Caught In Text-Messaging Patent Blitz

    Helferich Patent Licensing LLC on Wednesday hit another NBC Universal Inc. division, Bravo Media LLC, with a suit in Illinois, alleging the cable channel infringed four mobile alert technology patents by sending text messages to viewers.

  • October 26, 2011

    Broadstripe Creditor Gets OK To Vote On Ch. 11 Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy court on Wednesday approved Broadstripe LLC's disclosure statement, allowing the beleaguered cable operator to send its reorganization plan to creditors for a vote.