Leap Wireless filed suit against MetroPCS Communications in a Texas federal court earlier this summer, claiming MetroPCS violates patents pertaining to its method of offering all-you-can-eat pricing plans. MetroPCS counter sued earlier this month. Interestingly, MetroPCS executives have always told me through the years that Leap stole the original of unlimited local pricing service from MetroPCS. MetroPCS just couldn't come to market first because it filed for bankruptcy after spending too much at the C-block PCS auction in the mid-1990s. In its counter suit, MetroPCS says Leap stole the pricing idea from the company when Leap's former parent, Qualcomm, was in talks for a network infrastructure deal in the mid -1990s. MetroPCS also accused Leap of having ulterior motives when Leap initiated merger talks with MetroPCS in late 2005 and early 2006.
To read more about the flying lawsuits between Leap and MetroPCS:
- check out this article from RCR Wireless News