• November 16, 2007

    Siemens' Global Bribery Scheme Revealed

    Trouble-ridden German electronics conglomerate Siemens AG reportedly paid a total of 77 bribes worth €12 million to cabinet ministers and other officials in Nigeria, Russia and Libya to win cushy contracts for telecommunications equipment.

  • November 16, 2007

    After More Divestitures, AT&T Wraps Up Dobson Deal

    Promising to shed some rural operations at the request of competition regulators, AT&T Inc. has completed its $2.8 billion acquisition of wireless provider Dobson Communications Corp.

  • November 15, 2007

    Dutch Court Dismisses Nokia Suit Against Qualcomm

    Qualcomm Inc. said Wednesday that a Dutch court had tossed a complaint filed against it by rival Nokia Corp. alleging that some of its European patents relating to cell phone chips were exhausted.

  • November 14, 2007

    Motorola Sues Over Cordless Phone Patents

    Motorola Inc. sued Vtech Communications Inc. on Tuesday for allegedly infringing five patents owned by the telecom giant, which disclose various cordless phone technologies.

  • November 14, 2007

    FCC Chair Calls For Rules Change To Save Newspapers

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has called for proposed revisions to the newspaper and broadcast ownership rule to help ailing newspapers, but the proposal has been criticized by other FCC commissioners as only helpful to big media companies.

  • November 13, 2007

    EU Proposes Single Telecom Market

    The European Commission's long-discussed plan to fully deregulate the telecom industry in Europe may finally be realized, now that regulators have proposed the creation of a single market for telecom services.

  • November 12, 2007

    FCC To Issue New Rules Restricting Cable Giants

    The Federal Communications Commission may soon impose new regulations on the cable television industry, after determining that the last 11 years of deregulation have led to cable companies becoming too powerful and higher cable bills for consumers.

  • November 8, 2007

    LG Phones Squashing BlackBerry Trademark: RIM

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd. has launched a suit against LG Electronics Inc. for alleged trademark infringement through its Black Label line of wireless handheld devices, including the Strawberry and Black Cherry versions of its popular Chocolate phones.

  • November 6, 2007

    Freedom Wireless Renews Infringement Suit

    In one of its two suits alleging infringement of three prepaid phone service patents, Freedom Wireless Inc. amended its complaint Monday against Cingular Wireless LLC and Ericsson Inc. after an Arizona judge declined to take the case.

  • November 1, 2007

    Irell Fails To Get Charter Suit Tossed

    Law firm Irell & Manella must go up against a $150 million malpractice suit filed by cable operator Charter Communications for allegedly bungling a 1999 cable TV acquisition.

  • November 1, 2007

    22 Tech Cos., Retailers Sued Over Wi-Fi Patents

    A publicly traded Canadian licensing company has targeted 22 of the world's largest computer chip manufacturers, equipment vendors and electronics retailers for allegedly violating patents related to wireless computer connections and power consumption in digital subscriber line, or DSL, products.

  • October 31, 2007

    FCC Bans Exclusive Cable TV Deals

    In a unanimous ruling, the Federal Communications Commission has approved a new rule banning apartment building owners from striking exclusive deals with cable TV service providers, kicking open the door to increased competition in the industry.

  • October 30, 2007

    Ericsson Faces Shareholder Suit Over Stock Drop

    Investors filed a proposed class action complaint against Swedish telecom equipment giant Ericsson LM Telephone Co. on Monday, claiming the company issued misleading statements over its business and financial results.

  • October 30, 2007

    AT&T Divests, DOJ Greenlights $2.8B Deal

    AT&T Inc. on Tuesday agreed to divest the Cellular One brand as part of its $2.8 billion acquisition of Dobson Communications Corp., in order to settle an antitrust suit brought against it the same day by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 29, 2007

    Nacio Systems Trade Secrets Suit Sent To Arbitration

    A former employee at Nacio Systems Inc. accused of stealing trade secrets, trampling a copyright and competing unfairly has successfully removed the Internet services company's lawsuit against him to arbitration, as was provided for in an employment contract that was later terminated.

  • October 29, 2007

    FCC Seeks To Scrap Exclusive Cable Deals

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is trying to cut soaring costs of cable television and break open competition in the industry with a new rule that would void thousands of contracts that entitle individual cable companies to exclusively provide service to apartment complexes.

  • October 29, 2007

    BSkyB Offers To Cede 3% Of ITV Voting Rights

    In an effort to appease regulators who have raised a red flag about its holding in broadcaster ITV PLC, British television company BSkyB Corporation PLC has offered to surrender some of the voting rights derived from its 17.9% share in the company.

  • October 29, 2007

    Sprint Settles Class Action, Agrees To Provide Code

    Sprint Nextel customers leaving the wireless service provider will soon be able to use their Sprint phones on competitors' networks, thanks to an antitrust class action settlement that mandates that Sprint turn over the code to unlock the hardware.

  • October 29, 2007

    ERISA Suits Against RadioShack Consolidated

    Four class actions against electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. were consolidated last week into a multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Texas in which plaintiffs allege that the company breached its fiduciary duty by leading its retiree plan participants to invest heavily in company stock.

  • October 26, 2007

    ITC Judge Consolidates Two InterDigital Cases

    InterDigital Inc. said Thursday that two cases it filed alleging infringement of its 3G cellular phone handset patents have been consolidated before the U.S. International Trade Commission.