Telecommunications

  • June 5, 2006

    Taking Bull By The Horns, RIM Files Suit

    After already shelling out $612.5 million to protect its hand-held Blackberry device, Research in Motion Ltd. is back in court again, hoping to avert another drawn-out patent battle over wireless network technology.

  • June 5, 2006

    Clear Channel Antitrust Suit Targets Concert Tickets

    Marking the latest in a recent onslaught of litigation, Clear Channel Communications Inc. has been slapped with a lawsuit that accuses the entertainment giant of unfairly jacking up concert ticket prices by severely restricting competition on its radio stations.

  • June 5, 2006

    Judge Blocks Lawsuit Against Adelphia Buyers

    A bankruptcy judge has stopped a small cable television channel from interfering in the impending sale of bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp. with an antitrust lawsuit.

  • June 2, 2006

    Skype, eBay Hit With Suit Over VoIP Patent

    As voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology gains popularity, so does litigation over the patents for it, most recently causing Internet service provider Net2Phone to file a suit against Skype Technologies SA and parent company eBay.

  • June 1, 2006

    Gabelli, DOJ In Talks To Settle Fraud Allegations

    Less than a month after Mario Gabelli agreed to pay $100 million to settle allegations of share manipulation, the famed money manager is in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice in order to resolve civil fraud claims in a separate case alleging the tycoon’s use of sham businesses in federal cell phone spectrum auctions.

  • May 31, 2006

    Cable Channel Files Suit Opposing Adelphia Sale

    A small cable television channel has taken on broadcasting powerhouses Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp., hoping to block their impending acquisition of now-bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp.

  • May 31, 2006

    CNN, Cartoon Network Sue Cablevision Over DVR

    Two of Time Warner Inc.’s networks have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cablevision Systems Corp., just two days after Hollywood studios made the same move to halt the cable provider’s newest recording technology.

  • May 30, 2006

    With Hourglass Running Out, Adelphia Takes New Tack

    With the bankruptcy proceedings still mired in creditor disputes, cable giant Adelphia Communications Corp. is seeking permission from the court to sell its assets prior to a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization being confirmed.

  • May 25, 2006

    Cablevision Sued Over Video-On-Demand Service

    Several movie studios and television networks cast Cablevision Systems Corp. as the villain in a federal lawsuit alleging that the Long Island-based cable provider’s plan to allow customers to record and store programs violates copyright laws.

  • May 25, 2006

    Appeals Court Rules EchoStar Violated Copyright Law

    Settling a score between network broadcasters and EchoStar Communications Corp., a federal appeals court has ruled the satellite TV provider violated federal copyright law by misusing a compulsory license scheme intended to benefit rural households.

  • May 23, 2006

    Imaging Technology Patents Spur Two New Lawsuits

    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is the target of a federal lawsuit in Delaware, which alleges that Samsung’s cellular phones deliberately and harmfully infringe on two patents held by Fujinon Corp.

  • May 22, 2006

    New Legislation Emerges To Keep Internet Competitive

    Over concerns of protecting competition on the Internet, two proposed bills will be considered this week to block phone companies and cable providers from charging Internet sites more for faster content delivery.

  • May 19, 2006

    South Korea Pins Down Mobile Carriers For Collusion

    Sticking three South Korean wireless operators with the first fine of its kind, Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has penalized three mobile carriers a total of $1.8 million for price collusion.

  • May 19, 2006

    Adelphia Banks Oppose Motion To Limit Defense Funds

    Adelphia Communications Corp.’s banks and unsecured creditors are at fisticuffs over the flow of funds to lenders for defense expenses stemming from loans secured by the cable provider prior to its bankruptcy filing.

  • May 18, 2006

    Congress Mulls Satellite Radio Copyright Legislation

    In a move that underscores the heightening battle over widespread music piracy, Congress is considering legislation that would force satellite services to play by the same rules as Internet music services, even as the music industry continues its crackdown in the courts.

  • May 17, 2006

    E.C. Decries German Telecom Bill

    In a move that the European Commission has labeled illegal state aid, the German government has passed a bill that allows Deutsche Telekom AG to deny broadband access to its competitors.

  • May 15, 2006

    Verizon Wireless Sued Over Streaming Television Patents

    Those who eagerly use their Verizon cell phones as mini-televisions may find their signals in danger of disappearing, as the mobile communications company deals with a new patent infringement lawsuit over technologies used to broadcast TV.

  • May 12, 2006

    Cingular Sues Sprint Over “More Powerful” Ads

    Calling for a trademark dispute to be played out in federal court, Cingular Wireless LLC claimed its main rival Sprint Nextel Corp. is resorting to false advertising to gain an edge in the mobile communications market.

  • May 12, 2006

    Emmis Faces Shareholder Suits Over Bid To Go Private

    Struggling radio broadcasting company Emmis Communications Corp. said this week that its shareholders have filed two lawsuits to protest a $567 million offer by the company’s top executive to take the company private.

  • May 11, 2006

    European Regulators Object To E.C. Roaming Plans

    The European Union’s proposed route for reducing roaming fees for mobile phones is off track, according to a group of European telecom regulators, which officially objected to the plan Thursday.