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AT&T and Verizon Drop Silly Map-Related Lawsuits

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According to a note we just received from AT&T, "Verizon and AT&T have dismissed the litigation between them in Georgia and New York." Here's the full legal text on the voluntary dismissal in NY: UPDATE

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between Plaintiff/Counterclaim Defendant Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless ("Verizon Wireless") and Defendant/Counterclaim Plaintiff AT&T Mobility LLC ("AT&T") that pursuant to Rule 41(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: (a) Verizon Wireless's claims against AT&T in the above- captioned action are hereby dismissed without prejudice, and (b) AT&T's counterclaims against Verizon Wireless in the above-captioned action are hereby dismissed without prejudice.

AT&T's suit in Georgia courts (which Verizon had not countered with a suit of their own) was dropped as well.


The legal back and forth stemmed from AT&T's sue-jerk reaction to Verizon's biting "there's a map for that" commercials, escalating in the media as AT&T responded with the help of Luke Wilson. And with a few simple documents, a great corporate slapfight comes to an end—at least in the courts. The not-so-distant future will reveal whether or not the ceasefire was sourced from some sort of advertising gentleman's agreement.


UPDATE: Apparently, one of the NY suits was not directly related to the maps argument. Verizon sued AT&T in NY courts, not for money, but to have the courts rule its claims of "Most Dependable 3G Network" were true. (Check the doc at Engadget, if you're interested.)