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.
Amazon said it is prepared to go to court with the Federal Trade Commission rather than submit to increased oversight and other measures the FTC says are needed to ensure children do not make unauthorized in-app purchases from apps in Amazon's Appstore.
The Federal Trade Commission is alleging that T-Mobile US made "hundreds of millions of dollars" by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" customers never authorized. T-Mobile said the complaint is "unfounded and without merit."
Harbinger Capital Partners, the principal backer of bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared, has hired a law firm that specializes in litigation with the federal government, which could indicate that Harbinger plans to sue the FCC as LightSquared tries to reorganize itself in bankruptcy protection.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide a case that turns on whether local municipalities must provide detailed explanations to wireless carriers when they deny applications to build new cell towers.
The U.S. government accused Sprint for over-charging by as much as 50 percent for court-ordered wiretaps the carrier provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law-enforcement agencies.
T-Mobile US filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility's Aio Wireless prepaid brand, accusing the brand of stealing T-Mobile's magenta color, which it has trademarked, in an effort to confuse and steal away T-Mobile customers.