Telecommunications

  • August 8, 2011

    Dutch Competition Regulator Holds KPN, Caiway Deal

    The Netherlands' antitrust regulator on Monday put on hold Royal KPN NV's planned acquisition of CAIW Holding BV, saying the deal could limit competition in the cable network sector, and called for more research.

  • August 8, 2011

    Sirius XM Subscribers Tout $180M Deal In Antitrust Action

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. subscribers argued Monday that a New York federal judge should sign off — despite objections — on a $180 million settlement in an antitrust class action stemming from the merger that created the company, and award plaintiffs’ attorneys up to $13 million.

  • August 8, 2011

    FCC Indecency Policy Could Be F'd Before High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case involving the Federal Communications Commission's approach to regulating indecency, and experts say the agency's power to punish broadcast radio and television stations that air expletives and nudity could itself be under fire.

  • August 5, 2011

    Belden Sues LS Cable Over Data Cable Patent

    Belden Inc. sued South Korea-based LS Cable and System Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary in New Jersey on Thursday, alleging infringement of a patent for data communications cable technology.

  • August 5, 2011

    Womble Carlyle Gets Part Of Malpractice Case Tossed

    A Washington federal court on Friday granted the partial dismissal of a Catholic educational programming foundation’s malpractice and breach of contract suit against Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC alleging it missed a deadline to appeal the denial of a broadcasting license in Las Vegas and made errors on other license applications.

  • August 5, 2011

    DirecTV Latin America Faces $39M Breach Of Contract Suit

    RCTV International Corp. on Thursday struck DirecTV's Latin American subsidiary with a $39.8 million breach of contract suit in New York that claims DirecTV reneged on a broadcasting deal after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez targeted RCTV for not carrying government programming on its television station.

  • August 5, 2011

    DirecTV Fights Comcast's Bid To Pull NFL Package Ads

    DirecTV Inc. fought back Friday against rival Comcast Cable Communications LLC's bid to immediately block its allegedly false and competitively unfair advertisements for its NFL Sunday Ticket service, telling an Illinois federal court that the ads' statements are true and pose no emergency.

  • August 4, 2011

    RCN, Paxfire Accused Of Intercepting Web Searches

    Internet service provider RCN Corp. and Paxfire Inc., which generates revenue from Internet searches, were hit with a proposed class action Thursday in New York accusing them of wiretap violations and breach of contract for secretly intercepting customers' Internet activity for profit.

  • August 4, 2011

    Intellect Wireless, AT&T Settle Messaging Patent Suit

    Intellect Wireless Inc. on Tuesday settled its patent fight with AT&T Mobility LLC, which was accused along with HTC Corp. of infringing on patents covering picture text messaging technology on cellphones and other mobile devices.

  • August 3, 2011

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive $500M Telecom Antitrust Suit

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision to toss patent-holding company Siti-Sites.com Inc.'s $500 million antitrust suit against Verizon Communications Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and other telecom giants for lack of standing.

  • August 3, 2011

    Comcast Tries To Tackle DirecTV Over 'Free' NFL Package

    Comcast Cable Communications LLC hit rival DirecTV with a false advertising and unfair competition suit in Illinois federal court on Wednesday, accusing the satellite television company of incorrectly claiming that its NFL Sunday Ticket service was free of charge.

  • August 3, 2011

    R&L Takes Qualcomm Patent Claims To Fed. Circ.

    Trucking giant R&L Carriers Inc. tried to persuade the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to revive its wireless document patent infringement claims against Qualcomm Inc. and various other companies, saying the district court had wrongly ruled that its pleadings did not meet the Twombly standard.

  • August 3, 2011

    Motorola Hit With Patent Suit Over Headset Technology

    Effingo Wireless Inc. slapped Motorola Mobility Inc. with a lawsuit in Texas federal court on Tuesday, accusing the cellphone maker of selling wireless headset assemblies that violate a patent.

  • August 2, 2011

    HFPA, Producer Spar Over Golden Globes Airing Rights

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the producer of the Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday each pressed a California federal judge to grant motions for summary judgment in a breach of contract and trademark infringement suit over the show's future broadcasting rights.

  • August 2, 2011

    ITC To Probe Apple's IP Claims Against Samsung

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Tuesday it would investigate Apple Inc.'s allegations that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. imports mobile phone handsets and tablet computers that infringe its patents, as the companies continue to battle over smartphone technology.

  • August 1, 2011

    Revamped FCC Carriage Rules Irk Cable Operators

    The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules Monday intended to promote competition in the market for cable and satellite programming, drawing a dissent from one of its own members and criticism from cable and satellite operators.

  • August 1, 2011

    Fox Sports Fights Blackstone’s Work On Dodgers TV Rights

    A Fox Sports Net Inc. regional affiliate objected Friday in Delaware to the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers’ plan to retain Blackstone Advisory Services LP to advise on the sale of its media rights, because it could interfere with the network’s existing agreements to broadcast Dodgers games.

  • August 1, 2011

    America Movil Offers To Buy Telmex For $6.5B

    Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's telecom company America Movil SAB de CV announced on Monday it is making an offer to buy all outstanding shares of Telefonos de Mexico SAB de CV, or Telmex, for about $6.5 billion in cash.

  • August 1, 2011

    Alcatel-Lucent, Others Sued Over Fiber Optics IP

    Patent-holding company Cheetah Omni LLC filed a lawsuit in Texas on Friday against Alcatel-Lucent Holdings Inc., Ciena Corp., Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. and others over several patents related to fiber-optic network technology.

  • July 29, 2011

    Businessman Seeks Leniency In Iran Missile Export Case

    A businessman who confessed to trying to export missile components and radio test sets to Iran without a license asked an Illinois judge on Thursday to depart from sentencing guidelines and award a lenient sentence that would match punishments for similar crimes.