Judge refuses to halt suit against Sprint network

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- An Illinois judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to halt Sprint Nextel Corp.'s plan to create a next-generation wireless network.

Cook County Judge Kathleen M. Pantle on Monday denied Sprint's motion to dismiss or stay the lawsuit filed in May by affiliate iPCS Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill.

IPCS has claimed Sprint's proposed deal with Clearwire Corp. and other partners to create a national high-speed mobile Internet service would violate exclusive agreements iPCS has with Sprint.

Sprint is expected to begin the commercial rollout of the network this month.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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