Telecommunications

  • May 22, 2009

    Samsung's Jitterbug Phones Recalled Over 911 Glitch

    About 160,000 Samsung cell phones were recalled Friday over concerns that two models the technology giant manufactured for Jitterbug, a communications company that markets simplified cell phone service, can't connect to emergency 911 service in some areas.

  • May 22, 2009

    RadioShack Overtime Settlement Denied

    Employees who settled with RadioShack Corp. over uncompensated time will have to explain how $300,000 is fair compensation in a class action with $10 million in claims, a federal judge has said in denying approval of the settlement.

  • May 22, 2009

    Q&A With WilmerHale's Donald Steinberg

    From a patent application perspective, patents directed toward the development or use of alternative energy (or reduced use of energy), a wide range of medical devices and products, or wireless technology are likely to result in increased litigation, says Donald R. Steinberg, chair of WilmerHale's intellectual property department.

  • May 21, 2009

    L-3, Safety Vision Settle Microphone Patent Spat

    A federal judge has approved a settlement between L-3 Communications Mobile-Vision Inc. and Safety Vision LP, ending their patent and trade dress infringement dispute over wireless microphones used in vehicle-mounted video surveillance systems.

  • May 21, 2009

    Spain Hits Abertis With €23M Fine Over Digital TV

    Spain's competition regulator has imposed a nearly €22.7 million ($31.6 million) fine on Abertis Infraestructuras SA, ruling that the infrastructure company's telecom division abused its dominant position during the country's rollout of digital television.

  • May 20, 2009

    Claims V. Sprint Survive In Camera Phone IP Suit

    A judge has denied Sprint Spectrum LP's bid for dismissal from an infringement suit brought by Apple Computer Inc. spinoff FlashPoint Technology Inc. against a host of phone makers and mobile service providers over patents related to cell phone cameras.

  • May 20, 2009

    EDS, Virgin Reach Deal In Prepaid Phone Patent Suit

    Electronic Data Systems Corp. has reached a settlement and patent license option agreement with Virgin Mobile USA LP, which was one of a number of cell phone companies it sued for allegedly infringing a pair of patents that cover prepaid phone service.

  • May 19, 2009

    Plaintiffs Seek Class Cert. In Verizon Late Fee Case

    Plaintiffs have asked a judge to grant class certification in a lawsuit accusing Verizon Wireless of wrongly charging millions of customers late and reconnect fees.

  • May 19, 2009

    Verizon Wins Invalidity Claims In Text Alert Spat

    Teknowledge Corp., an Internet company that has licensed its patent for automated alerts to several major technology companies, suffered a blow after a federal judge agreed with Verizon Wireless that all the asserted claims of the patent were obvious or anticipated and therefore invalid.

  • May 18, 2009

    RadioShack Workers Seek Class Cert. In ERISA Suit

    RadioShack Corp. 401(k) plan members have moved to certify a class that could include up to 13,000 employees, in a multidistrict lawsuit that accuses the company of breaching its fiduciary duty by allowing plan members to invest in an underperforming, scandal-tainted mutual fund.

  • May 15, 2009

    Greenberg Traurig, Gale Seek Ruling In Fee Spat

    Greenberg Traurig LLP and former client Gale Corp. have filed cross-motions for summary judgment in a suit over a disputed $218,500 bill for attorneys' fees stemming from a patent infringement suit against Gale, which makes tools for the cable television industry.

  • May 12, 2009

    Charter Fired Up Over DirecTV Attack Ads

    Bankrupt cable company Charter Communications Inc. has taken action against DirecTV Inc., alleging that the satellite programming company has falsely represented Charter as being in liquidation in advertisements by implying that the company is a “sinking ship” or “going up in flames.”

  • May 11, 2009

    Syntax-Brillian Sells Olevia For $1M, Settles Suit

    Bankrupt TV maker Syntax-Brillian Corp. has sold its Olevia brand of televisions and associated intellectual property to Emerson Radio Corp. for $1.27 million, and at the same time settled an adversary suit from Amergence Technology Inc. that had challenged the sale.

  • May 7, 2009

    Young Broadcasting Ch. 11 Counsel Challenge Tossed

    A New York federal judge has dismissed an appeal seeking to block Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP from representing Young Broadcasting Inc. in its Chapter 11 reorganization, finding the plaintiffs lack standing.

  • May 7, 2009

    Wi-LAN, Infineon Settle Wireless Technology Claims

    Ottawa-based Wi-LAN Inc. said Thursday it had settled the patent litigation it brought against German semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies AG over certain aspects of wireless technology.

  • May 6, 2009

    Biotech Co. May Face Ch. 7 Without DIP Loan

    Isolagen Inc., a biotechnology company that is trying to develop a cellular therapy to treat wrinkles and other skin ailments, may be forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection if its desperate efforts to secure debtor-in-possession financing to fund a Chapter 11 proceeding prove unsuccessful.

  • May 6, 2009

    EU Parliament Backs Telecom Consumer Reforms

    The European Parliament has voted to approve a long-negotiated telecommunications reform package aimed at providing enhanced consumer protections, including a controversial amendment that recognizes Internet access as a fundamental right.

  • May 7, 2009

    Judge Tacks $20M More Onto Award To TruePosition

    A federal judge has awarded Liberty Media Corp. unit TruePosition Inc. $20 million in additional damages, finding that in the wake of a $23.3 million jury verdict against Andrew Corp., the company continued to ship products that infringe a TruePosition patent for technology that can help determine the position of a cell phone.

  • May 6, 2009

    Samsung, LG Face Internal Antenna Patent Suit

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., LG Electronics Inc. and several other major cell phone makers have been tied into a patent infringement action by a Barcelona-based firm over its internal antenna technology.

  • May 4, 2009

    Breach Of Contract Claims Survive In Sprint-IPCS Spat

    An Illinois judge has refused to allow Sprint Nextel Corp. affiliate iPCS Wireless Inc. to seek punitive damages against the telecommunications giant but declined to drop claims that Sprint's $14.5 billion deal with Clearwire Corp. breached an agreement not to compete with iPCS in certain parts of the U.S.