LightSquared Gets Legal Eagles

LightSquared 's battle to launch its wholesale Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the U.S. could be moving toward legal action after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's decision to block its proposal in February because of GPS interference issues.

The company has now reportedly retained two high-profile lawyers -- Theodore Olson and Eugene Scalia -- in an indication that its fight could go to the courts.

"On the face of things, it looks to me like the government has acted arbitrarily after inducing the expenditure of an enormous number of resources,” Olson tells Politico.

Olson is probably best known for representing President George W. Bush before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore in the decision that decided the 2000 election.

Why this matters
LightSquared hasn't directly laid out a strategy yet, but the company hasn't ruled out legal action in the past. Time may prove to be a factor, however, as the company said in December 2011 that it only had enough cash to continue operating for several quarters. LightSquared started to cut its workforce this year.

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Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:39:18 PM
re: LightSquared Gets Legal Eagles

If they've still got some of the $3 billion they were investing in the network, this is a good way to spend it. On the serious side, I hope the legal battle brings out the real facts in this case on why the FCC put the brakes to the LS network--because not everybody is buying the claim that the LS network would interfere with GPS devices.

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