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Telecommunications

  • August 11, 2010

    Cell Phone Patent Suit V. Motorola, Nokia Survives

    A federal judge has denied bids for summary judgment from Motorola Inc. and Nokia Inc. in WIAV Solutions LLC's patent infringement suit against several companies over cell phone link adaptation technology, ruling that genuine issues of material fact exist in the case.

  • August 11, 2010

    UTStarcom Strikes Deal In Wi-LAN Wireless IP Suit

    UTStarcom Inc. has become the latest defendant to reach a settlement in Canadian licensing company Wi-LAN Inc.'s infringement suit over to two patents for wireless technology.

  • August 10, 2010

    RIM CEOs To Face Deposition In Data Security IP Row

    Wireless software company Mformation Technologies Inc. can depose Research In Motion Ltd.'s co-CEOs in its suit accusing the BlackBerry maker of infringing two patents for remote wireless security software, a federal judge has ruled.

  • August 9, 2010

    Pension Fund Barred From Seeking $3B In Nortel Ch. 11

    A federal judge has upheld a bankruptcy court’s grant of an automatic stay in Nortel Networks Inc.’s Chapter 11 proceedings, rejecting a bid by Nortel’s U.K. pension fund and a U.K. administrative agency to pursue $3.1 billion in claims allegedly owed by the bankrupt telecom.

  • August 9, 2010

    Google, Verizon Net Neutrality Plan Exempts Wireless

    Days after the Federal Communications Commission cut off negotiations with lobbyists over Internet traffic regulation, Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. on Monday revealed a joint net neutrality proposal that would maintain an open Internet while largely exempting wireless carriers.

  • August 9, 2010

    FreshLoc Sues Again Over RFID Tracking Patents

    FreshLoc Technologies Inc. has fired off a lawsuit that accuses GE Healthcare Inc. and two other companies of infringing patents that cover radio frequency identification tracking technology.

  • August 6, 2010

    FCC, DOJ To Improve Coordination On Telecom Deals

    The Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice antitrust officials are exploring how to better work together to regulate telecommunications divestitures, after both agencies sent Verizon Wireless conflicting messages related to its $28 billion acquisition of Alltel Corp.

  • August 5, 2010

    RIM, Wal-Mart, T-Mobile Named In Modem IP Suit

    T-Mobile USA Inc., Research In Motion Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers and service providers have been tagged in a new lawsuit accusing them of infringing a patent that covers a wireless modem.

  • August 4, 2010

    BSkyB Faces Antitrust Probe Over Pay-TV Movies

    U.K. officials announced Wednesday an investigation into British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC over potential antitrust violations in the sale and distribution of pay-television movies.

  • August 4, 2010

    FINRA Orders UBS To Pay Kajeet $81M Over ARS

    UBS Financial Services Inc. must pay kids' cell phone maker Kajeet Inc. nearly $81 million in damages over student-loan auction rate securities it sold to the company, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel has ruled.

  • August 4, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Affirms $2.8M Patent Verdict Against Sprint

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a $2.78 million verdict against Sprint Nextel Corp., rejecting the wireless carrier giant's argument that Enovsys LLC was not the sole owner of two patents covering a privacy system used to manage the disclosure of the location of a user's cell phone.

  • August 2, 2010

    Verizon Fails To Squash Cable Installers' OT Claims

    A federal judge has ruled that for the purposes of a Fair Labor Standards Act suit, Verizon Inc. may be an employer of a group of laborers who installed fiber-optic cable for a Verizon contractor in Maryland and claim they were not paid overtime.

  • July 30, 2010

    Miami Exec Gets Prison Time For Haiti Bribe Scheme

    A Miami businessman was sentenced to 57 months in prison Friday for his role in a scheme to bribe former officials of Haiti's state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti in order to win business for three Miami telecoms.

  • July 30, 2010

    Fiber-Optics Cos. ADC, AFL End Cable Patent Fight

    ADC Telecommunications Inc. has settled a suit alleging rival fiber-optics giant AFL Telecommunications LLC infringed four of its cable patents, striking a deal that requires AFL to license patents related to ADC's fiber-to-the-premises technology.

  • July 29, 2010

    SEC's $2.75M Win Upheld In Platforms Fraud Case

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a win for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its suit seeking $2.75 million in disgorgement and interest from the former chairman and CEO of Platforms Wireless International Corp.

  • July 29, 2010

    Apple Settles Minerva Cell Phone Patent Suit

    Apple Inc. has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by patent-holding company Minerva Industries Inc. that accused the iPhone maker of infringing its patent for mobile media technology.

  • July 29, 2010

    Cable One Loses Bid To Nix Cable Box Tying Action

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a putative antitrust class action accusing Cable One Inc. of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act by forcing customers to rent a cable box as a condition of receiving premium service.

  • July 28, 2010

    $9.7B Wins Telefonica Control Of Brazil Operator

    After raising its bid to €7.5 billion ($9.7 billion), Spain's Telefonica SA has triumphed in its quest to gain control of its wireless joint venture with Portugal Telecom in Brazil.

  • July 28, 2010

    DMX Wins 1st-Of-A-Kind Blanket License From BMI

    DMX Inc., a provider of background music services for restaurants, bars, hotels, retailers and other businesses, has won an adjustable fee blanket license from performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. that purportedly justifies its strategy of directly negotiating with music publishers.

  • July 27, 2010

    JPMorgan Can't Sell Televisa Unit's Debt To Rival

    A federal judge has signed off on a consent order barring JPMorgan Chase Bank NA from selling its rights under a $225 million loan it made to a unit of Mexican cable giant Grupo Televisa SA de CV to a bank owned by the CEO of a major Televisa competitor.