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Verizon, AT&T Sued by At Home Trustee Over Video Patent

Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. were sued by the trustee for the liquidation of Internet video company At Home Corp. for allegedly infringing patents on the delivery of video content.

Verizon’s FiOS television service and AT&T’s U-verse service violate At Home patents, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court today by Richard Williamson, who represents the At Home Bondholders Liquidation Trust.

At Home, a joint venture of cable companies including Cox Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and TCI, ran a high-speed Internet service from 1996 to 2002. According to the complaint, it had 4.1 million subscribers in 2001, the year it filed for Chapter 11 creditor protection, stating that distribution agreements with cable companies had left it unprofitable.

Marty Richter, a spokesman for Dallas-based AT&T, declined to comment. Bob Varettoni, a spokesman for New York-based Verizon, had no immediate comment.

The case is Williamson v. Verizon Communications Inc., 11-cv-4948, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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