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Telecommunications

  • October 27, 2010

    Customers Sue Cablevision For $450M Over Fox Block

    A putative class of Cablevision Systems Corp. customers has accused the cable television powerhouse of wrongfully denying them access to News Corp.’s Fox channels, seeking as much as $450 million in damages from the company for breach of contract.

  • October 27, 2010

    Alston, Latham Rep Carlyle In $4B CommScope Deal

    The Carlyle Group has inked a deal to acquire telecommunications equipment company CommScope Inc. in a deal valued at approximately $3.9 billion that will take the company private.

  • October 25, 2010

    Carlyle Weighs $3B Buyout Of CommScope

    The Carlyle Group is in talks with telecommunications equipment company CommScope Inc. regarding a deal in which Carlyle would buy all of CommScope's outstanding common stock for $31.50 per share, or around $3 billion.

  • October 25, 2010

    3rd Circ. Backs Rejection Of Cell Phone Radiation Suit

    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a putative class action accusing several companies of selling cell phones without shielding users from allegedly hazardous radio frequency emissions.

  • October 25, 2010

    Cisco, Sprint, Others Sued Over Modem Patent

    Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC has accused a number of technology companies, including Cisco Systems Inc., Clavister AB and SerComm Corp., of infringing a patent for wireless technology that allows mobile devices to access different communications networks.

  • October 22, 2010

    Canada Backs Shaw's $2B Deal For Canwest TV Assets

    Canada’s broadcasting regulator has signed off on Shaw Communications Inc.’s CA$2 billion ($1.94 billion) acquisition of Canwest Global Communications Corp.’s distressed television assets, finally allowing the deal to be completed just over a year after Canwest first filed for bankruptcy protection.

  • October 22, 2010

    Prince Telecom Will Settle FLSA Suit With Technicians

    Prince Telecom LLC has agreed to pay $455,000 to settle a proposed class action lodged by technicians in Oregon who accused the company of failing to pay overtime and cover work-related costs.

  • October 22, 2010

    TransData Sues Oncor, Others Over Power Meter IP

    TransData Inc. has accused four Texas electric delivery companies, including Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC and Centerpoint Houston Electric LLC, of infringing three patents for wireless access to electric meters.

  • October 22, 2010

    Intel Doesn't Infringe 10 Wi-LAN 4G Patents, Judge Says

    Intel Corp. has made headway in its fight over Wi-LAN Inc.’s portfolio of patents for the 4G broadband communications standard, winning summary judgment that its wireless products do not infringe 10 of the Canadian licensing company’s patents.

  • October 21, 2010

    Italy Asked To Recalculate Telecom Access Fees

    The European Commission on Thursday asked Italy's telecommunications regulator to recalculate the prices that competitors will be charged to access the fixed-line network of former state-owned monopoly Telecom Italia SpA.

  • October 21, 2010

    Sharp, HP, Others Sued Over Cell Phone Patents

    Intellect Wireless Inc. has accused Hewlett-Packard Co., Sharp. Corp. and other electronics makers of violating two patents for picture text messaging technology on cell phones, PDAs and pagers.

  • October 20, 2010

    Rakuten Asks JFTC To Probe Google-Yahoo Japan Deal

    Japanese Internet shopping giant Rakuten Inc. has asked Japan's antitrust watchdog to investigate a planned search engine partnership between Yahoo Japan Corp. and Google Inc., saying that the tie-up could hinder competition in the Internet services market in Japan.

  • October 20, 2010

    Acer, MicroUnity Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit

    Acer Inc. has reached a settlement with MicroUnity Systems Engineering Inc. in a patent infringement suit over media processing technology used in cell phones.

  • October 19, 2010

    Chicago Office Under Fire For No-Bid Radio Contract

    Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications improperly routed a $23 million contract for a digital radio system to a vendor — reportedly Motorola Inc. — and justified the sole-source deal by pointing to earlier, similar contracts with the same vendor, according to the city's Office of the Inspector General.

  • October 18, 2010

    Small Biz Agency Can Keep Records Private: 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration does not have to turn over cell phone records to an advocacy group that is trying to prove the agency conspires to steer small business contracts to large companies, according to a federal appeals court.

  • October 18, 2010

    Sharp, Philips End 3G Patent Scrap Against Motorola

    Motorola Inc. has reached a settlement with plaintiffs Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and Sharp Corp. in a suit over eight patents the defendant previously licensed for cell phones that use 3G wireless technology.

  • October 15, 2010

    SiRF Fires Back At Broadcom's GPS Patent Claims

    SiRF Technology Inc. has shot back at Broadcom Corp.'s claims that the wireless technology company's GPS devices infringe its patents, requesting sanctions in Broadcom's U.S. International Trade Commission action and launching a second patent infringement suit against Broadcom.

  • October 14, 2010

    Lochner Hits Hitachi, Others With Computer Patent Suit

    Patent-holding company Lochner Technologies LLC continues to assert its patent for wireless computer systems, accusing a variety of high-tech companies, including Hitachi Ltd., NCR Corp. and Tech Data Corp., of illegally using its technology.

  • October 14, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Won't Review Sprint's $2.8M Patent Suit Loss

    A federal appeals court has declined to re-examine its earlier ruling backing a $2.78 million verdict against Sprint Nextel Corp. and finding that Enovsys LLC did have standing to bring claims related to two patents for a cell phone privacy system.

  • October 13, 2010

    Skadden Reps Broadcom In $316M Beceem Buy

    Broadcom Corp. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $316 million to acquire Beceem Communications Inc., a developer of fourth-generation wireless platform solutions.