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Telecommunications

  • 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.

  • June 23, 2011

    Viacom Wrangles With Cablevision Over IPad Streaming

    Viacom International Inc. on Thursday launched a suit in New York accusing Cablevision Systems Corp. of violating contract provisions, infringing copyrights and trademarks, and competing unfairly by streaming Viacom content on wireless devices like Apple Inc.’s iPad without authorization.

  • June 23, 2011

    Apple Gets Antitrust OK To Bid On Nortel Patents

    U.S. antitrust regulators on Thursday gave Apple Inc. the green light to bid in next week's auction for the highly sought-after patent portfolio held by bankrupt Canadian telecom Nortel Networks Corp.

  • June 22, 2011

    Dutch Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill

    The Netherlands on Wednesday reportedly became the second country in the world to approve a net neutrality law banning mobile Internet service providers from charging more for certain services.

  • June 22, 2011

    Polish Telecom Fined €128M For Blocking Rivals

    The European Commission said Wednesday it had fined telecom Telekomunikacja Polska SA nearly €128 million ($184 million) for abusing its dominant position in the Polish market for broadband Internet service. 

  • June 21, 2011

    Chinese Cable Maker Hit With Suit Over Hedge Accounting

    A Tennessee firefighters pension plan lodged a proposed class action Tuesday against Fushi Copperweld Inc., claiming the Chinese producer of bimetallic conductor products inflated its stock price by misstating earnings.

  • June 21, 2011

    Judge OKs Retirement, Disability Groups In Nortel Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved the appointment of two separate committees to represent the interests of retirees and disabled employees of Nortel Networks Inc. as the defunct telecom prepares to modify, or potentially terminate, their benefit plans.

  • June 20, 2011

    Judges Order Nortel Units To Mediate $4B Asset Fight

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge and a Canadian judge on Friday ordered bankrupt telecom Nortel Networks Corp.'s U.S. and European affiliates to take their dispute over how to allocate $4 billion in proceeds from various asset sales to a mediator.

  • June 20, 2011

    Patent Co. Asks 2nd Circ. To Revive $500M Antitrust Suit

    The chairman of a patent investment company told the Second Circuit on Monday that a lower court wrongly tossed his $500 million antitrust suit against telecom giants including Verizon Communications Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Ericsson Inc. for lack of standing.

  • June 17, 2011

    Germany To Review Liberty Global's €3B Cable Buy

    The European Commission referred a proposed €3.16 billion ($4.52 billion) German cable merger to the German antitrust authorities on Friday over competition concerns, saying the sale could affect free TV services at housing associations across the country.

  • June 17, 2011

    CommScope Brings Antenna IP Suits In Brazil, China

    CommScope Inc. said Thursday that it had launched patent infringement suits in China, as well as legal proceedings in Brazil, targeting Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd. over technology used in antennas for wireless networks.

  • June 16, 2011

    NBC's 'Earl' Didn’t Infringe Screenplay: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a writer’s copyright infringement suit alleging National Broadcasting Co. and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. ripped off his screenplay when they created the TV show “My Name is Earl.”

  • June 16, 2011

    ITC Takes Up Mosaid's 337 Complaint Against Cisco

    The U.S. International Trade Commission agreed on Thursday to take up Mosaid Technologies Inc.'s complaint alleging Cisco Systems Inc. illegally imported communication network equipment that infringed Mosaid patents.

  • June 16, 2011

    Nortel Postpones Patent Auction Amid High Interest

    Bankrupt telecom Nortel Networks Corp. announced Thursday that it would delay the auction for its coveted patent portfolio, worth at least $900 million, by one week to June 27.