Court Gives Dish a Break4/02/2002 3:07 AM Eastern
EchoStar Communications Corp. is 'extremely pleased' with a recent post-trial
ruling in a patent-infringement case, general counsel David Moskowitz said in a
prepared statement Tuesday.
A U.S District Court judge for the District of Delaware, Roderick McKelvie,
vacated a damages award of $15 million that a jury said EchoStar should pay to
IPPV Enterprises LLC over patent violations related to pay-per-view, ratings
locks and encryption satellite-television features.
Instead, McKelvie told IPPV it must accept reduced damages of $7.3 million or
seek a new trial on the damages.
'EchoStar plans to file an appeal with respect to the reduced award,'
Moskowitz said in the press release.
The court also denied IPPV's motions for
an injunction, treble damages and attorney fees.
IPPV originally filed suit in 1999.