AT&T asks Justice Department to delay court proceedings

By on December 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM.

AT&T asks Justice Department to delay court proceedings

AT&T said Monday that it, along with Deutsche Telekom, has asked Judge Ellen Huvelle to delay any further court hearings regarding AT&T’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA until January 18th, 2012. AT&T said the delay will “allow the two companies time to evaluate all options” and that the U.S. Justice Department also joined in on the filing. AT&T recently withdrew its merger application from the FCC to instead focus on the lawsuit that was brought against the merger by the Department of Justice. “AT&T is committed to working with Deutsche Telekom to find a solution that is in the best interests of our respective customers, shareholders and employees,” AT&T said in a statement. “We are actively considering whether and how to revise our current transaction to achieve the necessary regulatory approvals so that we can deliver the capacity enhancements and improved customer service that can only be derived from combining our two companies’ wireless assets.” The delay makes a lot of sense, since the Department of Justice doesn’t have much of a reason to sue AT&T unless it has a merger application filed with the FCC. ”It’s not a real transaction until they file with the FCC,” Justice Department lead attorney Joseph Wayland said last week. AT&T’s full press release follows after the break.  More →

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Apple to court: halt Motorola Mobility patent suits until Google acquisition is final

By on September 13, 2011 at 8:15 PM.

Apple to court: halt Motorola Mobility patent suits until Google acquisition is final

Apple recently asked a court to put two pending lawsuits with Motorola Mobility on hold, FOSSPatents reported on Monday. Apple believes that Google’s planned $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility has resulted in a forfeiture of Motorola’s patent litigation rights. “Apple should not have to face the threat of an injunction based on the claims of a party that now has no standing to bring those claims,” the company argued. Apple currently has 21 patents-in-suit against Motorola Mobility, FOSSPatents said, and the iPhone maker is worried the results of a potential court win against Motorola will be moot once Google finishes its acquisition. “Were Apple to prevail in this case it risks an attack on its victory on appeal by a third party, whether Google or another Android smartphone manufacturer, contending that the judgement should be overturned due to a lack of prudential standing,” Apple said. Google CEO Larry Page hopes the acquisition of Motorola Mobility will bolster Google’s patent portfolio and help it defend Android partners against Apple and Microsoft. More →

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