• Verizon Sued Over 'Phantom' Internet Access Fee
    A complaint to the FCC over a “phantom” mobile Internet access fee has turned into a full-blown lawsuit. The class-action suit was filed against Verizon Wireless in federal court in New Jersey.Several hundred customers who own regular cell phones (not ...More
    March 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Free Press Lambasts Carriers Over ETF Defense
    Google, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile all banded together this week to defend their early-termination fees to the Federal Communications Commission. Some of the penalties to get out of your smartphone contract run up to $350, but the companies say the cost of ...More
    February 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Copy That, Google, Yahoo!: Xerox is Suing You
    Xerox Corp. (XRX) wants Google Inc. (GOOG) and Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) to fork over an unspecified amount of money for alleged patent infringement over, you guessed it, search technology. Yes, that Xerox – the one that makes you want to say, ...More
    February 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Patent Infringement Lovefest: ITC Tackles Apple-Nokia
    The International Trade Commission has agreed to look into Apple’s complaint against phone-maker Nokia. The ITC is already looking into Nokia’s complaints about Apple, so we’ve come full circle.Apple says Nokia is violating patents by selling ...More
    February 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Danger of Termination Clauses in Agent Agreements
    With the deteriorating economy, some carriers have made a business decision to reduce their losses – or widen their margins – by refusing to pay commissions to their agents. ...More
    February 17, 2010 By Neil Ende Posted in Articles
  • TLG Hosts Agent Contract Discussions at Channel Partners Expo
    Technology Law Group (TLG) is hosting discussions exclusively for agents on agent-carrier issues, such as agent agreements, terminations, commissions and litigation, at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, March 1-3, in Las Vegas.Four 45-minute sessions will be held ...More
    February 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • BlackBerry Bests Motorola in Patent Brouhaha
    Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, has beaten Motorola in a dispute over patent infringement.A British court has ruled that RIM did not infringe on a Motorola patent pertaining to e-mail – the same patent that Motorola is challenging with the International ...More
    February 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Maine ISP: FairPoint Overcharges for Leased Lines
    A Maine phone company is asking that state’s public utilities commission to look into bankrupt FairPoint Communications’ business practices. Great Works Internet insisted in a petition filed last week that FairPoint overbills for the high-speed, high-capacity ...More
    January 19, 2010 Posted in News
  • Evergreen Clauses: Are They Enforceable?
    From an agent’s perspective, including evergreen clauses, which ensure continuing commission payments for the life of the customer, in its agreements with carriers and master agents seems like a good idea. But are they enforceable? As with most legal issues, that ...More
    January 19, 2010 Posted in Articles
  • AT&T Sued Over Mobile Internet Sales Tax
    More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed this week nationwide against AT&T over a 6 percent mobile Internet sales tax that the plaintiffs say is against the law.One such suit has been filed in Connecticut, where sales taxes on telecom services are allowed, but a ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News