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Telecommunications

  • November 5, 2009

    EU Lawmakers Reach Deal On Telecom Reform

    Negotiators from the European Parliament and the European Union's Council of Ministers have reached a deal on a controversial legislative provision to protect Internet freedom within the 27-member bloc, paving the way for a larger telecommunications reform package to take effect in early 2010.

  • November 5, 2009

    AT&T, Sprint, Others Hit With Cell Phone Patent Suit

    AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and other wireless communications heavyweights have been accused by patent-holding company Child Protect LLC of infringing two patents related to control communications between mobile devices.

  • November 4, 2009

    9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Vivendi Collusion Case

    A federal appellate court has affirmed a lower court's decision to toss France-based Vivendi SA's lawsuit alleging that Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile International AG colluded to take control of a Polish wireless telephone company.

  • November 4, 2009

    Fujifilm Convinces Judge Honeywell LCD Patent Invalid

    Fujifilm Corp. and Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. have convinced a judge that the sole patent asserted by plaintiff Honeywell International Inc. in a long-running lawsuit over liquid crystal display technology commonly used in devices like laptops and cell phones is invalid.

  • November 4, 2009

    1st Circ. Affirms T-Mobile Unit Win In Zoning Spat

    A federal appeals court has sided with a T-Mobile USA Inc. subsidiary in its case against a Rhode Island municipality whose zoning board had denied the telecommunications company's application for relief to construct a 90-foot cell phone tower.

  • November 4, 2009

    RadioShack Breached Franchise Agreement: Judge

    A district judge has ruled that electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. breached its franchise agreement with several franchisees when it failed to sell them certain merchandise at a 20 percent discount when RadioShack had a sale at its company-run stores.

  • November 3, 2009

    Shareholder Plaintiffs Drop Inphonic Securities Suit

    Plaintiffs in a securities class action claiming wireless phone seller Inphonic Inc. artificially inflated its stock price by overstating revenues and understating business expenses have voluntarily dismissed the case following the judge’s decision to dismiss several key claims.

  • November 2, 2009

    Phone Radiation Suits Against AT&T, Others Kept Alive

    A District of Columbia appeals court has kept a case against Motorola Inc., Verizon Wireless Inc., AT&T Corp. and others alive, reversing in part a lower court's decision to dismiss consolidated suits claiming older phones emitted dangerous amounts of radiation.

  • November 2, 2009

    Cable Subscribers Fight Dismissal Of Bundling Action

    A group of cable television subscribers is appealing the dismissal of a putative antitrust class action against a slew of major television programmers and cable providers — including NBC Universal Inc. and Comcast Corp. — that alleged the companies bundled programming and overcharged customers.

  • November 2, 2009

    Casio Dismissed From Communications Patent Suit

    Casio Computer Co. Ltd., one of dozens of technology companies named in an infringement suit over patents related to digital transmission and wireless communications, has reached a deal with patent-holding company SPH America Inc. and been dismissed from the case.

  • October 29, 2009

    BSkyB Appeals ITV Stake Cut Order In London Court

    British television company British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. on Thursday reportedly began its attempt to overturn a decision that would force it to give up part of its nearly 18 percent stake in another television company because of antitrust concerns.

  • October 29, 2009

    Young Must Disclose Pension Liabilities: PBGC

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has objected to Young Broadcasting Inc.'s Chapter 11 disclosure statement, claiming it doesn't tell creditors that Young may end up liable to the federal pension insurer for over $6.5 million if it terminates its employee pension plan.

  • October 28, 2009

    Rivals Head To Trial In Fiber Optics Tech Patent Feud

    A federal judge has ruled that Fiber Systems International Inc. can go to trial with claims against rival Applied Optical Systems Inc. for infringement of patents for fiber-optic cable connectors, although potential damages will be limited and the defendant will get a separate trial on allegations of antitrust violations.

  • October 28, 2009

    Telkom Faces Fine Over Abuse Of Market Dominance

    South Africa's competition regulator has recommended that the country's largest fixed-line phone provider, Telkom SA Ltd., pay 10 percent of its last year's revenue for allegedly taking advantage of its near-monopoly market position by charging competing Internet service providers excessive prices for services.

  • October 27, 2009

    9th Circ. Gives Go-Ahead To AT&T Fee Class Action

    A federal appeals court has greenlighted a class action over AT&T Mobility LLC's fees, saying the arbitration clause in the cell phone company's standard contracts is unconscionable despite company efforts to creatively rejig it.

  • October 27, 2009

    Palm Lashes Out At WIAV Over Wireless Patents

    Palm Inc. has hit back at WIAV Networks LLC, which sued dozens of electronics companies in July for infringing two patents related to wireless technology, saying one of WIAV's patents should be declared unenforceable due to inequitable conduct.

  • October 26, 2009

    Cable Co. Wants Set-Top Box Tying Suit Nixed

    Insight Communications Co. LP has asked a federal judge to dismiss a putative class action accusing the cable provider of violating federal antitrust laws by tying its premium cable services to its set-top box rentals.

  • October 23, 2009

    Tellabs To Snatch Up WiChorus In $165M Cash Deal

    Telecommunications equipment producer Tellabs Inc. plans to acquire wireless gear maker WiChorus Inc. in a $165 million cash deal designed to help the company take advantage of the booming smartphone business, the companies said Friday.

  • October 22, 2009

    NY High Court Says Tyco Didn't Breach Cable Contract

    New York's highest court on Thursday affirmed an appeals court's opinion that Tyco Group Sarl did not breach a contract with fellow telecommunications company IDT Corp. over access to a massive underwater cable system, effectively ending more than five years of litigation.

  • October 22, 2009

    Nokia Accuses IPhone Of Infringing Its Patents

    Cell phone maker Nokia Corp. lodged a complaint Thursday that accuses Apple Inc.'s iPhone of infringing 10 patents that cover wireless data, speech coding, and security and encryption.