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Telecommunications

  • December 15, 2009

    AT&T, T-Mobile Win Bid To Nix Sales Tax Class Action

    T-Mobile USA Inc., Verizon Wireless LLC, AT&T Mobility LLC and several other wireless cell phone providers have won their bid for dismissal of a putative class action that claimed they deceived customers by charging sales tax on the full retail value of cell phones that were advertised as free or substantially discounted.

  • December 15, 2009

    Verizon, T-Mobile Didn't Infringe Dialing Patent: Jury

    A federal jury has come down in favor of Verizon Wireless Inc., T-Mobile USA Inc. and others in a suit brought by Acacia Research Corp. unit DNT LLC, finding that the cell phone service providers did not infringe a dialing technology patent.

  • December 15, 2009

    New Vision Workers Win Anti-Retaliation Injunction

    A federal judge has entered a preliminary injunction barring Tennessee cable installation company New Vision Telecommunications Inc. and its managers from retaliating against five employees who filed a class action against the company for allegedly misclassifying them under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • December 15, 2009

    House Backs Bill To Turn Down Loud TV Ads

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., that would prohibit broadcasting companies and satellite and cable providers from airing excessively noisy television commercials.

  • December 15, 2009

    Samsung, Others Hit Over Open Source Software Patent

    An open source software rights enforcement group has accused a slew of technology vendors and manufacturers — including Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc. — of infringing the copyright for a program used to run electronics ranging from DVD players to wireless routers.

  • December 14, 2009

    Shareholder Suit Attacks $1.1B Iowa Telecom Deal

    A shareholder of Iowa Telecommunications Services Inc., which does business as Iowa Telecom, is challenging the company’s proposed $1.1 billion acquisition by Windstream Corp., saying the deal was reached through an unfair process and for an unfair price.

  • December 14, 2009

    Acacia Unit, GreatCall Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit

    Acacia Research Corp. subsidiary Location Based Services LLC has reached a settlement with GreatCall Inc. in an infringement suit LBS brought accusing several wireless technology retailers of infringing four patents for location-based cell phone systems and services.

  • December 11, 2009

    DC Circ. Backs FCC Cap On Wireless Subsidies

    A federal appeals court has upheld a Federal Communications Commission decision to temporarily cap the amount of subsidies paid to small cell phone providers that deliver service in high-cost rural areas.

  • December 11, 2009

    LED Lighting Equipment Co. Takes On Rival Over Patent

    Litepanels Ltd. has filed suit against Dot Line Corp. and its distributor Infocus Camera & Imaging LLC, alleging they violated patents on light-emitting diode equipment for film and broadcast lighting.

  • December 11, 2009

    Citadel Prepares To File Prepackaged Ch. 11

    Radio broadcaster Citadel Broadcasting Corp. is reportedly preparing to file a prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan by the end of the year, joining the ranks of media companies struggling with falling advertising revenues and changing consumer tastes.

  • December 11, 2009

    Knology Licenses IP, Exits VTran Cable Patent MDL

    Plaintiff VTran Media Technologies LLC and defendant Knology Inc. have agreed to a settlement that includes a patent licensing agreement, removing one relatively small defendant in the multidistrict video-on-demand patent case.

  • December 11, 2009

    Fractus Drops 1 Antenna Patent Suit Against LG Unit

    Fractus SA has resolved one of its patent infringement suits against an LG Electronics Inc. unit over internal antenna technology, but will proceed with another case asserting the same patents against the company, its affiliates and several other cell phone makers.

  • December 11, 2009

    FCC Needs To Improve Cell Phone Oversight: GAO

    The Federal Communications Commission is failing to address millions of consumers' concerns over cell phone providers' billing, contract terms, early termination fees and customer service, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • December 10, 2009

    Tekelec Sues Rival Over Telecom Network Patents

    Telecommunications services company Tekelec has sued rival Performance Technologies Inc. for allegedly infringing patents related to communications networks.

  • December 9, 2009

    France Telecom Hit With €63M Antitrust Fine

    France's competition authority has doled out €63 million ($92 million) in fines to France Telecom SA, that country's third-largest phone company, for stunting competition through exclusive contracts and pricing plans.

  • December 9, 2009

    VIP Wireless Fails To Squash Sales Reps' OT Suit

    VIP Wireless Inc. has lost a bid to dismiss a putative class action filed by an employee who claims the chain of cell phone stores owes its sales workers overtime pay.

  • December 8, 2009

    3rd Circ. Affirms Verdict V. LGIA In Contract Suit

    A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict that found LG International America Inc. breached a contract with Intercon Enterprises Inc. by failing to make sufficient sales commission payments after Intercon agreed to steer new customers over to LGIA’s fiber-optic cable business.

  • December 8, 2009

    Sirius XM Hit With Antitrust Action Over Merger

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. has been slapped with a putative class action alleging it has breached subscriber contracts and abused its monopoly on the market for satellite digital radio service since the 2008 merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Radio Holdings Inc. from which it was created.

  • December 7, 2009

    Verizon Wireless Must Explain Termination Fees: FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission has sent a letter to Verizon Wireless seeking answers to reports that the company has doubled its early termination fees for certain cell phone contracts and is tagging consumers with questionable usage charges.

  • December 4, 2009

    4th Circ. Extends Insurer’s Case Against IP Firm

    A federal appeals court has revived an insurance firm’s case asserting it has no duty to defend intellectual property law firm Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP and one of its partners accused in an underlying state suit of defrauding a company of valuable wireless e-mail patents by transferring them to NTP Inc.