Friday, July 21, 2006

Boston Communications Settles Case With Freedom Wireless

After being hit with a $128 million verdict by a Boston jury last year, prepaid wireless company Boston Communications settled its patent infringement action today against Phoenix-based Freedom Wireless, a tiny company founded by inventors Douglas Fougnies and Dan Harned, allows customers making prepaid calls to avoid dialing identification codes or calling toll-free numbers. The large verdict exceeded Boston Communications revenues and had threatened to
send the company into bankruptcy.

One unusual facet of the case, reported last year in The Recorder
was that Freedom Wireless was represented on a continency basis by Los Angeles litigation powerhouse Quinn Emmanuel.

The case had already proven extremely expensive for the 400-employee Boston Communication, which had already expended over $15 million in legal fees by October 2004.

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