Telecommunications

  • June 17, 2008

    AT&T Fails In Bid To Ground Yeager's Lawsuit

    AT&T Mobility LLC, formerly known as Cingular Wireless, has failed in its bid to dismiss a lawsuit by U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, alleging that the company violated the famed test pilot's right to publicity when it used his name without permission in a Cingular press release.

  • June 16, 2008

    FCC Chairman Endorses Sirius, XM Merger

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin has recommended that the FCC approve a controversial proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., saying that the companies have agreed to conditions that will help consumers.

  • June 13, 2008

    Japan's Livedoor Ordered To Pay $88.2M To 6 Firms

    A Japanese court has reportedly ordered Livedoor Holdings Co. to pay 9.54 billion yen ($88.2 million) to six companies that claimed they suffered major losses when an accounting fraud scandal broke involving the Internet service provider's predecessor.

  • June 13, 2008

    Nintendo Unleashes Legal Ninjas On Wireless Nunchuk

    An unauthorized wireless version of the Nunchuk controller for the popular Wii video game system has drawn the ire of Nintendo of America Inc., which sued the controller's maker for trademark and patent infringement.

  • June 13, 2008

    Multidistrict Panel Consolidates VTran Patent Suits

    VTran Media Technologies LLC's 10 lawsuits over two video-on-demand patents against 22 cable industry defendants, including Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., have been consolidated into one piece of multidistrict litigation.

  • June 13, 2008

    Intel, Nokia, STMicro Sued Over Flash Memory Patents

    Intel Corp., Nokia Corp. and five other semiconductor and telecommunications companies have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that they willfully infringed two patents covering flash memory chips widely used in cell phones.

  • June 13, 2008

    Suit Says Motorola Stole Wireless Video Patent

    A Wisconsin wireless broadband company has sued Motorola Inc., accusing the mobile phone company of scheming to steal a pioneering technology that allows real-time video to be transferred over wireless.

  • June 12, 2008

    EU Court Bursts O2's Bubble In Trademark Case

    A cell phone company in England was within its rights to use a rival's trademarked bubble logo in a 2004 advertisement, Europe's highest court has ruled.

  • June 12, 2008

    Monster Cable Sues Timex Over Packaging

    Monster Cable Products Inc. has alleged that Timex Corporation watch packages infringe Monster's patented package design.

  • June 11, 2008

    Verizon, RCC Agree To Divest Overlapping Assets

    Hours after Vermont state Attorney General William H. Sorrell filed suit to block a proposed merger between Verizon Communications Inc. and Rural Cellular Corp., the companies entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sorrell announced Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2008

    Senator Questions Truthfulness Of Sirius CEO

    U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has reportedly accused Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin of misleading Congress on aspects of the company's planned merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings, adding to a growing chorus of unrest surrounding the deal.

  • June 10, 2008

    Verizon Gets Conditional OK For $2.7B RCC Buyout

    The U.S. Department of Justice will allow Verizon Communications Inc. to proceed with its proposed $2.7 billion acquisition of Rural Cellular Corp., provided it sells off airwaves in six geographic areas in three states.

  • June 10, 2008

    Technology Companies Form Wireless Patent Pool

    Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and four other technology firms will form a patent pool to collectively license patents for WiMAX wireless technology more cost-effectively.

  • June 6, 2008

    Monster Cable Sues To Pull Plug On Rivals

    Monster Cable Products Inc., the audio and video cable manufacturer, launched a suit Thursday against Bizlink USA Technology Inc. and its subsidiary, alleging the connective wiring rivals infringe numerous patents, trademarks and copyrights.

  • June 3, 2008

    Top Court To Mull History's Largest Leveraged Buyout

    Canada's high court will consider the proposed $51.4 billion sale of BCE Inc., the country's biggest telecom, to an Ontario teachers union and other investors, giving what would be history's largest leveraged buyout one last chance to survive bondholders' potentially fatal challenge.

  • June 3, 2008

    AT&T Settles Class Claims Over Mobile Content

    AT&T Inc. has settled class action claims that accused the telecommunication giant's mobile phone unit of allowing third-party content providers to place unauthorized charges on customers for third-party content such as ringtones, games and new alerts.

  • June 3, 2008

    SEC Prevails In Case Against U.S. Wireless Ex-CEO

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won partial summary judgment Friday in its securities fraud and misconduct case against the former CEO of U.S. Wireless Corp. as a federal judge ruled that there is no genuine dispute regarding nearly all the SEC's charges.

  • May 30, 2008

    Con Edison Plans to Replace All Lead-Covered Cables

    Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. has made a commitment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace miles of its lead-covered cables.

  • May 30, 2008

    RIM Sues German Patent Firm Over Radio Phone IP

    BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Inc. sued a Germany-based intellectual property holder on Wednesday, hoping to stave off a lawsuit over three patents over radio apparatuses that could relate to cell phones.

  • May 28, 2008

    YouTube Can't Hide Behind Copyright Act: Attorney

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act provides needed protections for Internet services that inadvertently infringe copyrights, but it does not shield moneymaking services such as YouTube Inc., an attorney in the class action against Google Inc. said on Wednesday.