LightSquared sues GPS manufacturers for broken promises

November 2
10:50 AM 2013

Philip Falcone's wireless spectrum company, LightSquared Inc., had filed a suit against GPS manufacturers over claims that the firms had misrepresented about the flawed designs of their products had forced the firm into bankruptcy. The said suit was filed in US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, naming Deere & Co., Garmin International Inc., Trimble Navigation Ltd. Also included in the case as US GPS Industry Council and the Coalition to Save our GPS.

The defendants promised that after LightSquared had solved its 'out of band emissions' problems, the network set up wouldn't interfere with global positioning system receivers, according to the complaint. The suit claimed the broken promises 'prevented the timely launch of a nationwide wireless broadband network, caused LightSquared to lose investments and contracts worth billions of dollars, and deprived the public of much needed broadband spectrum."

Reston, VA based LightSquared had filed for bankruptcy in May 2012, which listed assets worth USD4.48 billion and debt amounting to USD2.29 billion. US regulators had blocked the service after the manufacturers and end users of GPS devices, who include US military and commercial airlines, verified that the signals of LightSquared's equipment confounded navigation equipment.

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