Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, scored a major victory in the Appellate Court of Illinois on Monday on behalf of iPCS Wireless, Inc in its high-profile litigation with Sprint.

The Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's ruling that Sprint had breached its agreements with iPCS. Pursuant to agreements with Sprint, iPCS invested hundreds of millions of dollars building a portion of the Sprint wireless network in an exclusive service area.  In 2005, when Sprint merged with Nextel, they began to compete with iPCS in iPCS's service area.

After a 25-day bench trial, the trial court held in August 2006 that Sprint breached its agreement with iPCS, and ordered Sprint to cease owning and operating the portion of the Nextel network that lies within iPCS's service area.

John Muench and Jim Metropoulos of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate and Telecommunications Litigation practices headed up the appellate team that helped persuade the Appellate Court to affirm the trial court's ruling.  Michael Feagley led the trial team that included Kate Clark and Mike Forde.  The appellate team included Jim Schroeder, and Anne de Geest of Mayer Brown, along with Gino DiVito of Tabet, DiVito and Rothstein as well as Kevin Forde.

According to Mayer Brown attorney John Muench, partner in the Telecommunications Litigation and Supreme Court & Appellate practices, the victory was a result of complementary efforts by the trial and appellate teams. "This victory was a true team effort.  The Appellate Court's opinion relies both on our appellate arguments and on the compelling evidence the trial team presented."