toggle

AAPL Stock: 113.66 ( + 0.37 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Vonage appeal keeps subscriptions alive

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2007

Vonage Appeal Succeeds

Vonage today earned a reprieve that will let it remain in business, a US federal judge has ruled. The Washington, D.C.-based Court of Appeals has made permanent a temporary stay against an earlier injunction that would have all but stifled the company by preventing it from signing up new customers as long as an earlier patent ruling against the company remained in place.

"In layman's terms, it means business as usual," said spokeswoman Brooke Schulz.

The change came in part after an uneasy 45-minute question-and-answer session with both the firm and its opponent Verizon in which both sides were asked to make their case, with neither side apparently gaining an upper hand until the decision was made. Verizon had asked government officials to prevent Vonage from continuing alleged patent infringement by running its phone service and had initially received support from judges in March.

Although the VoIP phone provider is still faced with paying a $58 million award to Verizon, the stay puts to rest rumors that the company would be forced to seek a last-ditch deal with Sprint or similar companies to avoid what would otherwise have been a likely shutdown.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

Wren V5US Wireless Sound System

If you're a music fanatic, chances are you are, by extension, a bit fanatical about what you listen to your music on. If you're like ...

toggle

Most Commented