Legal


  • 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
  • Kodak: iPhone, BlackBerry Infringe on Patents
    Kodak has filed a lawsuit against Research in Motion and Apple, arguing that iPhones and BlackBerrys that come equipped with cameras infringe on company patents relating to digital imaging technology.That suit was filed Thursday with the International Trade Commission. Two ...More
    January 15, 2010 Posted in News
  • FBI: ISP Tried to Scam $15M Out of AT&T, XO, Others
    The FBI has arrested and charged the owner of Core IP Networks, a Dallas-based ISP, with conspiracy to commit fraud.The feds say Matthew Simpson, 25, of Red Oak, Texas, was part of a 19-person ring that planned to scam AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., XO ...More
    January 13, 2010 Posted in News
  • MetTel Wins Appeal of KeaneTel Partial Judgment
    A partial summary judgment awarded to master agent KeaneTel, Atco, N.J., against New York-based MetTel (Metropolitan Telecommunications) was, on appeal, vacated Nov. 9, 2009, by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, as premature, according to a ...More
    January 11, 2010 By Khali Henderson Posted in News