Telecommunications

  • February 22, 2013

    Nokia Says InterDigital Using ITC To Force Global License

    Nokia Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. told the U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday that InterDigital Inc.'s suit alleging that they infringe standard-essential wireless patents is an attempt to force them to take a worldwide license that will harm competition and consumers.

  • February 22, 2013

    Bankrupt Powerwave Technologies To Auction Assets

    Powerwave Technologies Inc. on Friday officially put its assets on the auction block in Delaware bankruptcy court, though the struggling wireless equipment maker has yet to secure a lead bidder.

  • February 22, 2013

    PE-Backed Clear Channel Seeks $575M To Cut Bank Debt

    Clear Channel Communication Inc., the radio network taken private by Thomas H. Lee Partners LP and Bain Capital LLC in 2006, is seeking to raise $575 million in high-yield notes to retire a bank loan, according to a securities filing late Thursday.

  • February 22, 2013

    German Regulator Halts $787M Cable Merger

    Germany's antitrust regulator on Friday blocked cable service provider Kabel Deutschland Holding AG's €618 million ($787 million) acquisition of competitor Tele Columbus Group, citing concerns over further consolidation of the nation's cable industry.

  • February 22, 2013

    Dish's Streaming TV Infringes Copyrights, Fox Says

    Fox Broadcasting Co. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to block Dish Network LLC from retransmitting its TV programs over the Internet to Dish subscribers’ computers and mobile devices via its Hopper device, arguing Dish is breaching its licensing agreement with Fox and infringing its copyrights.

  • February 21, 2013

    Cellular South Asks 2nd Circ. To Revive $26M ARS Suit

    Cellular South Inc. on Thursday urged the Second Circuit to revive a $26 million suit against Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., saying the Bank of America Corp. unit hyped the liquidity of its auction rate securities to dump the troubled financial product on unsuspecting investors shortly before the market for them went bust in 2008.

  • February 21, 2013

    Protest Over $1.4B Air Force Contract Extension Tossed

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Friday tossed a bid protest from Red River Communications Inc. alleging the Air Force’s $1.4 billion extension of its Network-Centric Solutions contract unfairly excludes small businesses from receiving telecom contracts at Tinker Air Force Base.

  • February 20, 2013

    ITC Launches Patent Probe Into Jarden Dog Collars

    The U.S. International Trade Commission said Wednesday that it would take up an investigation into whether electronic dog collars made by a Jarden Corp. subsidiary violate patents held by rival Radio Systems Corp., the company behind PetSafe pet products.

  • February 20, 2013

    FCC Moves To Free Up More Spectrum For Mobile Devices

    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it has taken initial steps to free up additional spectrum for wireless devices, a move aimed at easing congestion on public and private Wi-Fi networks and enabling faster connection speeds.

  • February 19, 2013

    Time Warner Antitrust Case Tossed Too Soon, 2nd Circ. Told

    Consumers on Tuesday asked the Second Circuit to reopen a class action claiming Time Warner Cable Inc. violates antitrust law by forcing customers to lease cable boxes, arguing that a lower court threw out their claims too hastily.

  • February 19, 2013

    Time Warner Braces For Potential Waste-Disposal Fines

    Time Warner Cable Inc. signaled Friday that it could soon be facing significant environmental penalties from California state and local officials who are currently investigating the company's waste-disposal activities.

  • February 15, 2013

    Lehman Sues Spanish Broadcasting Over $29M In Dividends

    Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. targeted Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. on Friday in Delaware court, claiming the radio and TV station operator violated the contract on its preferred shares by taking on massive new debts despite failing to pay $29 million in dividends.

  • February 15, 2013

    A10 Can't Stay Injunction In Brocade IP Case During Appeal

    A California federal judge refused Tuesday to stay an injunction on A10 Networks Inc. networking equipment found to infringe Brocade Communications Systems Inc. patents, but as A10 appealed the ruling Thursday, the company said the injunction will have no effect because it has redesigned its products.

  • February 14, 2013

    2nd Circ. Tosses Gatt's NY Radio Bid-Rigging Suit

    The Second Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a bid-rigging action against a dealer of radios purchased by state and municipal entities, finding that Gatt Communications Inc. didn’t have antitrust standing to bring its claims under the Sherman and Donnelly acts.

  • February 14, 2013

    Nortel's $28M Deal Over Disabled Worker Benefits OK'd

    Nortel Networks Inc. received preliminary approval Thursday in Delaware bankruptcy court for a settlement worth as much as $28 million for disabled employees whose benefits are being cut off as the defunct telecom nears the end of a four-year liquidation.  

  • February 13, 2013

    Howard Stern Still Seeking $330M After Sirius XM Deal

    Howard Stern and his agent deserve $330 million in stock awards after the merger that created Sirius XM Radio Inc., the radio personality's attorney told a New York state appeals court Wednesday, saying a lower court judge wrongly interpreted a contract with the radio station that made Stern eligible for subscriber-based bonuses.

  • February 13, 2013

    $16B Virgin Media Sale Fleeces Investors, Suit Says

    A Virgin Media Inc. shareholder launched a putative class action in New York state court Tuesday challenging the British cable provider’s $16 billion sale to Colorado cable company Liberty Global Inc., claiming the two companies undervalued Virgin in the deal.

  • February 13, 2013

    'Bachelor' Spoilers Are Protected Speech, Blogger Says

    Steve Carbone, who operates a website revealing which contestant on “The Bachelor” will be eliminated before the show is broadcast, said Monday that free speech protections shield him from a second lawsuit brought by the show's producers.

  • February 12, 2013

    Nortel Pans Ex-Canadian Workers Seeking Relief In US Court

    Nortel Networks Inc., the American arm of defunct telecom giant Nortel Networks Corp., objected Tuesday to a move by former employees of its Canadian parent to file severance claims in Delaware bankruptcy court, arguing the claims are both untimely and dubiously timed.

  • February 12, 2013

    $20B SoftBank-Sprint Deal Boosts Competition, Group Says

    The nation's biggest telecom trade group on Tuesday came out in support of SoftBank Corp.'s $20 billion deal for majority control of Sprint Nextel Corp., a year after opposing a similar global tie-up between AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. on antitrust grounds.