EchoStar Joins NDS Suit


One week after DirecTV Inc. sued News Corp.'s NDS Group plc unit for alleged
misappropriation of trade secrets, EchoStar Communications Corp. has alleged that the conditional-access-system vendor helped pirates to duplicate its smart cards.

The EchoStar claims were contained in an intervention it filed Friday in a
suit that Canal Plus SA brought against NDS, in which it also accused NDS of
helping to flood the market with illegal smart cards.

NDS denied EchoStar's claims.