TITLE

Industry defends phone locking in two lawsuits

AUTHOR(S)
Silva, Jeffrey
PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
RCR Wireless News;4/10/2006, Vol. 25 Issue 15, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article provides information on two federal antitrust suits involving the mobile phone industry in the U.S. In March 2006, lawyers for Cingular Wireless LLC, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. argued in a brief at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Plaintiffs' lawyers point out the 2nd Circuit previously ruled a direct allegation of conspiracy is not necessarily required for a court to keep a lawsuit alive if arguments are presented that defendants acted in parallel. Meantime, plaintiffs in the second antitrust in the U.S. District Court in New York are pushing for certification by Cote of their class-action lawsuit. The cellular industry said phone locking is not an industry standard and that practices vary among national mobile-phone carriers.
ACCESSION #
20562102

 

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