Since I have been watching the litigation matter between ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) and Loral (NASDAQ:LORL) ("the Viasat matter") unfold over the last two weeks, I added Echostar (NASDAQ:SATS) to my due diligence list because of its peripheral relationship to the Viasat matter.
At issue in the litigation is whether or not Space Systems / Loral ("SSL") breached certain intellectual property rights when SS/L manufactured certain of Echostar's next generation, high bandwidth satellites. While Echostar is not a named party in the litigation, there does exist certain competitive threats going forward depending on the outcome of the litigation in terms of providing high speed broadband satellite direct-to-consumers. Viasat and one of Echostar's subsidiaries, Hughes Communications,...
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