Samsung Electronics said Microsoft's April purchase of Nokia's devices and services business breached a 2011 business collaboration agreement between Samsung and Microsoft. Under that deal Samsung paid $1 billion in patent royalties to Microsoft in 2013, and Samsung is now arguing in court that the Microsoft/Nokia deal invalidates the agreement because Microsoft became a direct competitor with Samsung in the smartphone market.
Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.
T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.
Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprint after a jury agreed that Sprint violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies. The trial and the ruling is likely going to be just one of many in a long, drawn-out legal battle between the one-time partners.
T-Mobile US sued Huawei for corporate espionage, alleging that the vendor's employees illegally photographed and tried to steal parts of a robot it developed in its labs, called "Tappy," to test cell phones.
An antitrust lawsuit that Google is seeking to have dismissed could provide ammunition to its competitors as they try to make arguments to European antitrust regulators, especially if the case reveals damaging secrets.
Google argued that an antitrust lawsuit against its Android operating system should be dismissed in part because Android device makers can use the platform without also installing Google's apps and services.
As had been expected, the Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, alleging that the online retailer made it too easy for children to make millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases on its Kindle tablet devices. The FTC wants to make Amazon refund money spent without parental permission and to stop Amazon from allowing in-app purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism that gives parents more control.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere fired back at the Federal Trade Commission, accusing the agency of "sensationalizing" a lawsuit it filed against the carrier for allegedly charging customers hundreds of millions of dollars for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, customers never authorized.