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Telecommunications

  • July 13, 2011

    Judge Trims TV Patent Suit Against Sprint, Others

    A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday tossed two infringement claims but kept alive a third in a suit pitting Eon Corp. IP Holdings against a group of content distributors and wireless companies — including Sprint Nextel Corp. — over a patent for interactive television technology.

  • July 13, 2011

    News Corp. Drops $13B BSkyB Bid Amid Scandal

    News Corp. announced Wednesday it had abandoned a planned $13 billion acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting PLC amid pressure from U.K. officials outraged over the ongoing phone hacking scandal that has enveloped the media giant.

  • July 12, 2011

    Nokia Latest Target In Text Messaging Patent Feud

    Helferich Patent Licensing LLC sued Nokia Corp. in Illinois federal court Monday alleging the telecom's cellphone messaging systems infringe the plaintiff's seven patents for automated text messaging services

  • July 11, 2011

    1st Amendment Bars 'Gangland' Likeness Suit, A&E Says

    A&E Television Networks LLC sought to dismiss a suit in California on Monday that accuses producers of the documentary series “Gangland” of imperiling a gang member's life by broadcasting his face and nickname, arguing the decision to use the subject's likeness is protected free speech.

  • July 11, 2011

    UK Watchdog To Review News Corp.'s $13B BSkyB Buy

    Britain's culture secretary on Monday referred News Corp.'s $13 billion acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting PLC to the country's top competition regulator due to the ongoing phone hacking scandal enveloping the company.

  • July 11, 2011

    Apple Slaps HTC With New Smartphone IP Suit In ITC

    Apple Inc. accused HTC Corp. on Friday of infringing five mobile device-related patents by importing Android-based smartphones and other electronics into the U.S., marking the latest battle between the rivals over wireless technology.

  • July 8, 2011

    Telecom Contractor Sues Court Over Background Check

    A Kentucky telecommunications company on Thursday filed suit alleging the clerk's office of a Chicago federal court canceled two service contracts totaling nearly $200,000 because a background check on the company's president incorrectly turned up a felony drug conviction.

  • July 8, 2011

    Sirius Fights Derivative Suits Over $180M Antitrust Deal

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. asked a New York federal court on Thursday to dismiss a pair of shareholder derivative suits related to the company's $180 million settlement of an antitrust class action over the June 2008 merger that created the company.

  • July 7, 2011

    Nokia Exits ITC Case Over Apple Smartphone IP

    Nokia Corp. on Tuesday was terminated from the U.S. International Trade Commission’s investigation into whether wireless communications technology sold and imported by Nokia and HTC Corp. infringed Apple Inc.’s smartphone patents.

  • July 7, 2011

    3rd Circ. Remands Media Cross-Ownership Regs To FCC

    The Third Circuit on Thursday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to reassess its decision to repeal a ban on corporations owning newspaper and broadcast stations in the same market, but affirmed the agency's other rules on television and radio cross-ownership.

  • July 7, 2011

    News Corp. Tabloid Scandal Clouds $13B BSkyB Deal

    The phone hacking scandal in the U.K. that led News Corp. on Thursday to announce the closure of the blockbuster tabloid responsible is also clouding the media empire’s planned $13 billion acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting PLC.

  • July 7, 2011

    EBay Rings Up Mobile Payment Outfit For $240M

    EBay Inc. unit PayPal will beef up its position in the online payment market with the $240 million purchase of mobile phone payment specialist Zong, as big online merchants continue to snap up upstarts in the world of virtual commerce.

  • July 6, 2011

    EU Slams Top Cable Makers With Price-Fixing Claims

    The European Commission on Wednesday formally accused 12 cable makers, including Prysmian SpA and Nexans SA, of colluding to fix the prices of underground and submarine power cables.

  • July 1, 2011

    Smith Micro Misled Investors, Inflated Stock: Suit

    A proposed class of shareholders sued Smith Micro Software Inc. on Wednesday in California, claiming the company lied about how the wireless industry's switch from 3G to 4G technology would affect business and accusing two executives of insider trading.

  • July 1, 2011

    Time Warner Can’t Shake Cable Installers’ OT Action

    Time Warner Cable Inc. on Friday lost its bid to beat a proposed overtime class action brought by contracted cable installers, with an Ohio federal judge ruling that a question exists as to whether the workers were employees of the communications giant.

  • June 30, 2011

    UK Requires Sky News Independence In News Corp. Deal

    A top U.K. official called Thursday for an independent director to be assigned to the board of spun-off Sky News as part of News Corp.'s planned $13 billion acquisition of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC.

  • June 29, 2011

    Signalife, Investors Seek Approval For $4M Settlement

    Signalife Inc. and six of its executives sought approval Wednesday for a $4 million settlement with plaintiffs in two proposed shareholder class actions accusing the medical device maker of misleading investors about the impending launch of a wireless heart monitor.

  • June 29, 2011

    Qwest To Settle OT Class Action For $1M

    Qwest Corp. on Wednesday settled with network technicians who filed a class action against the telecom company for overtime wages, asking a federal judge in Minnesota to sign off on the nearly $1 million deal.

  • June 29, 2011

    Mexican Competition Chair Recused From Telcel Appeal

    Mexico's antitrust watchdog said Wednesday that it had disqualified its chairman from voting on an appeal by Mexican wireless services company Telcel of a $1 billion antitrust fine, saying the recusal would ensure neutrality in the process.

  • June 29, 2011

    Radio Flyer, Target Accused Of Fixing Wagon Market

    Online toy retailer Generation Orange on Tuesday accused Radio Flyer Inc. and Target Corp. in California federal court of conspiring to muscle Generation Orange out of the market for Radio Flyer’s wagons and toys.