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Court favors iPCS in Nextel scuffle

by mwr577    Apr 3, 2008, 1:09 PM ... »

Court favors iPCS in Nextel scuffle
By Kelly Hill

An appellate court in Illinois has confirmed a lower court's decision that would force Sprint Nextel Corp. to divest its Nextel operations in the territory of PCS affiliate iPCS Inc.

"This is a significant victory for iPCS and we look forward to Sprint's compliance with the … 2006 order," said Timothy Yager, president and CEO of iPCS.

Sprint Nextel spokesman Matthew Sullivan said that the company was "disappointed with the decision and we're considering our legal options."

IPCS sued Sprint Nextel after Sprint and Nextel merged, claiming that its affiliate agreement had been violated. The affiliate and its subsidiaries won some concessions on how Sprint Nextel markets iDEN products in Delaware, and scored a ruling in Illinois that required the national carrier to divest itself of its Nextel operations within iPCS' territory there.

The affiliate recently said it was reworking its affiliate agreement with Sprint Nextel. IPCS Inc.'s operating subsidiary, iPCS Wireless, offers service in parts of Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska.

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