TruePosition announced that a judge in federal district court in Philadelphia has ruled that an antitrust lawsuit filed by TruePosition against telecom giants Ericsson (ERIC: Quote), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU: Quote) and Qualcomm (QCOM: Quote) will move forward.
Judge Robert Kelly, Sr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ruled in a decision issued on August 21, 2012, that the "allegations of an illegal conspiracy between the Corporate Defendants are plausible when viewed in context and as a whole."
TruePosition's lawsuit alleges that the Defendants, including three of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, are illegally conspiring to eliminate an innovative technology that allows police, fire departments and other emergency responders to more accurately locate mobile phone users during disasters and other emergency situations.
The lawsuit alleges the three companies "hijacked" the Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) that govern which mobile positioning technologies will be in the standard for future LTE "4G" wireless networks.
The complaint accuses the defendants of blocking the adoption of TruePosition's already existing and broadly deployed technologies into the new standards for LTE, while at the same time ensuring that their own unproven technologies were included in the new standards.
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