Sprint and Comcast butt heads in courtFebruary 27th, 2012 by Gabriel Z. Levin
The largest cable provider in the U.S. is suing "America's Now Network." In the lawsuit Comcast v. Sprint, Comcast is suing a unit of Sprint Nextel Corp., accusing the organization of infringing on four telecommunications patents.
Comcast filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The telecommunications giant is seeking an undisclosed sum of cash for alleged damages.
America's third largest wireless phone company allegedly used Comcast patented technology to break into certain services specifically owned by the cable provider.
Comcast ''has been irreparably harmed by that infringement and will suffer additional damages'' unless the court prevents additional infringement, lawyers for the company said in a complaint in federal court. Defense attorneys for Sprint had no comment.
Comcast and Sprint had previously worked together to offer a package deal to customers. Sprint would provide cellular service while Comcast would offer customers landline service. Since the termination of the bundle, Sprint has brought suit against Comcast in a separate civil case.
Last December, Sprint sued Comcast and three other cable companies, accusing the companies of patent infringement related to transmitting phone calls over digital lines. Sprint is not new to the world of lawsuits. In 2007, the network sued Vonage, one of the largest VoIP providers. Defense attorneys helped reduce the money Vonage was ordered to fork over to Spring from $80 million to $69.5 million. A U.S. District Court found that Vonage infringed on six Sprint patents.
Litigation attorneys, also known as ''litigators'' or ''trial lawyers,'' represent plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases in which the victim brings a case for money damages against the offender or a third party for causing physical or emotional injuries. The defendants or plaintiffs in the case may range from an individual person to a nationwide company, like Comcast or Sprint.