Telecommunications

  • June 11, 2009

    Sirius XM, Others Hit With Satellite Distribution IP Suit

    A group of defendants including Sirius XM Radio Inc., RadioShack Corp., Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has been targeted in a lawsuit over two patents related to content distribution by satellite radio service providers.

  • June 12, 2009

    $3M Added To Vicor Award In Payout Coverage Spat

    A federal judge has entered an amended judgment of more than $16 million — increasing the amount by over $3 million — against Vigilant Insurance Co., Federal Insurance Co. and Continental Casualty Co. in a coverage dispute with Vicor Corp. over a settlement payout to Ericsson Wireless Communications Inc.

  • June 10, 2009

    Charter Shareholder Demands Equity Committee

    A shareholder in bankrupt cable company Charter Communications Inc. has asked the court overseeing Charter's bankruptcy to order the appointment of an equity holders committee, pushing back against a prearranged reorganization plan that would wipe out equity interests.

  • June 16, 2009

    Sen. Calls For More Text Message Service Competition

    The average fee for sending a text message in the U.S. has doubled over the past two years despite massive increases in data capacity, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said Tuesday at a hearing on competition in the cell phone carrier market.

  • June 9, 2009

    States' Arbitration Powers In Telecom Deals Limited

    In a dispute over an interconnection agreement between Qwest Corp. and Covad Communications Group in Arizona, a federal appeals court has ruled that state regulators can't require pricing or element unbundling obligations during arbitration of such agreements.

  • June 8, 2009

    Novatel Bid To Toss Securities Suit Gets 2nd Look

    A federal judge has decided to reconsider a decision to deny Novatel Wireless Inc.'s motion to dismiss a putative securities class action, in part because of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal regarding heightened pleading standards.

  • June 8, 2009

    Comcast Loses Bid To Block Experts' Declarations

    A federal judge has denied Comcast Corp.'s bid to strike antitrust-related declarations made by three experts in a class action that accuses the cable giant of illegally establishing a monopoly in the Philadelphia area.

  • June 5, 2009

    3rd Circ. Rebuffs Mercedes Tele-Aid Cert. Appeal

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC has lost a bid to appeal the certification of a class of vehicle owners alleging that the automaker sold them expensive analog Tele-Aid emergency contact systems that it knew would become obsolete in 2008 when cell phone companies switched from analog to digital technology.

  • June 5, 2009

    HP Unit, MetroPCS Settle Prepaid Phone Patent Suit

    Hewlett-Packard Co. unit Electronic Data Systems Corp. has reached a settlement with MetroPCS Communications Inc., one of a number of cell phone companies EDS sued for allegedly infringing a pair of patents that cover prepaid phone service.

  • June 4, 2009

    AT&T, All Telecom Cos. Off Hook In Wiretapping MDL

    A federal judge has severely pared down the multidistrict litigation over Bush-era wiretapping, dismissing dozens of lawsuits against wireless communications companies that include AT&T and Verizon because a 2008 law grants them retroactive immunity from actions related to feeding intelligence to the U.S. government.

  • June 3, 2009

    Ex-School Superintendent Indicted Over E-Rate Bribes

    A federal grand jury has indicted a former Michigan school superintendent, accusing him of taking a bribe from an Internet service provider in exchange for granting the company a $1.6 million three-year contract through a program that subsidizes Web access for schools and libraries.

  • June 3, 2009

    Dell, HP, Others Sued Over Virtual Desktop Patent

    A patent-holding company has sued Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Fujitsu Computer Systems Co. and IBM Corp. for allegedly infringing a patent on wireless modular computing technology.

  • June 5, 2009

    McDermott Woos Back IP Counsel From Tech Co.

    A top intellectual property counsel at NextWave Wireless Inc. has moved back to McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in the firm's intellectual property, media and technology department.

  • June 2, 2009

    Ex-Philips Employee Enjoined In Noncompete Dispute

    Philips Electronics North America Corp. has won a temporary restraining order against a former employee who allegedly violated a noncompetition agreement when he left the company to work at a rival MP3, iPod and cell phone accessory supplier.

  • June 3, 2009

    Cellular Cos. Accuse Tendler Of Inequitable Conduct

    T-Mobile USA Inc. and other cellular carriers targeted in Tendler Cellular of Texas LLC’s infringement suit have fired back that the patent-at-issue, which covers a system that locates a wireless caller for 911 services, is unenforceable due to inequitable conduct.

  • June 1, 2009

    Aloft, Palm Settle Patent Claims Over Smartphone

    Smartphone maker Palm Inc. has become the latest company to settle litigation accusing a slew of cell phone manufacturers of using technology that infringes Aloft Media LLC's patents.

  • May 28, 2009

    Verizon Asks FCC To Bar Blocking Of Sports Channels

    Citing a federal appeals court's backing of a ban on exclusivity agreements between cable companies and apartment building owners, Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop cable providers from blocking competitors' access to regional sports programming.

  • May 27, 2009

    SEC Says Pegasus, Execs Took Investors For $30M

    Federal regulators have brought securities fraud claims against Pegasus Wireless Corp. and two company officers for allegedly swindling investors out of millions of dollars by illegally selling shares in the technology company.

  • May 27, 2009

    FCC Ban On Cable Agreements Legal: DC Circ.

    The Federal Communications Commission was within its legal rights to ban exclusivity agreements between cable companies and owners of apartment buildings after finding that such deals have an anti-competitive effect, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • May 22, 2009

    Oncor, IntusIQ Strike Deal In Wireless Patent Suit

    Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC has reached a settlement with patent-licensing company IntusIQ in an infringement suit brought by Intus against several energy providers — including Reliant Energy Inc. and Comverge Inc. — over two patents related to wireless networks.