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May 2014 Archives

AT&T and DirecTV makes mergers and acquisitions news

Georgia residents may have heard that cell phone giant AT&T is in the final stage of negotiations to acquire DirecTV. Apparently, all that is left is to get the approval of the boards of both companies. This move comes after a couple of failed mergers and acquisitions by AT&T.

Alleged unfair competition comes to an end with settlement

Georgia readers may not be aware that Medtronic Inc. and Edwards Lifesciences Corp. have been locked in a dispute for several years over Medtronic's alleged use of Edwards' patented heart valve implants technology. Recently, allegations of unfair competition came to an end when the two companies were able to settle their differences. As such, the companies are dismissing their respective court filings against each other in accordance with the settlement.

Small business formation is down across the country

Georgia entrepreneurs may be interested in a new study that examined the trends in small businesses from 1978 to 2011. According to the study, the number of small companies is down across the country. Small business formation is unable to keep pace with the amount of establishments going under.

ViaSat wins breach of contract suit against Space Systems/Loral

Georgia readers may not be aware that ViaSat has been in court for a little over two years since filing a lawsuit against Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and Loral Space and Communications (LSC) in February 2012. The complaint alleged breach of contract and patent infringement. A federal jury recently awarded ViaSat damages in the amount of $283 million.

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