EchoStar Hires Boies in Antitrust Fight with DirecTV
Ever since the conclusion of the Microsoft case, Boies has been inundated with offers of big-league work. He has taken on the cause of Napster, Inc., the Silicon Valley startup under attack by the music recording industry for alleged widescale copyright infringements. Boies is a partner in the Armonk, New York–based law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He will join T. Wade Welch, a partner in T. Wade Welch & Associates of Houston, in pursuing the suit, which is being heard in a federal court in Denver.
The suit accuses DirecTV, a unit of General Motors Corp.'s Hughes Electronics Corp., of illegally keeping EchoStar products out of electronics stores. No trial date has been set, according to statements made by a company spokeswoman.
In an unrelated development, EchoStar announced that, effective September 5, it has entered a long-term agreement with Crown Media Holdings Inc. to carry the Odyssey Network, a 24-hour family-entertainment television channel, as part of Dish Network's "America's Top 150" programming package.