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A few weeks ago, Tim Schaaff, the president of Sony Network Entertainment said in an interview that the hack attack on Sony that took its Playstation Network offline for a month and cost the company at least $171 million was a "great experience." Mr. Schaaff was quoted in a PC Magazinestory as saying:

"We're back online, everything's live again around the world, and the amazing thing through all of this is that the customers have all come back, and network performance is better than ever, sales are better than ever, and we've been very, very pleasantly surprised by the experience. And we're in a place where we're really looking forward again to what's next, what's new, and how we can keep growing the network. It's a pretty crazy event that we went through but we survived, and we're back strong, and ready to go."

Well, the experience only looks like it is going to get better.

Last week, reports Reuters, Zurich American Insurance Co, a unit of Zurich Financial Services, asked the Supreme Court of the State of New York to rule that "it does not have to defend or indemnify Sony against any claims 'asserted in the class-action lawsuits, miscellaneous claims, or potential future actions instituted by any state attorney general.' "

The insurance company is also suing "... units of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, AIG and ACE Ltd, asking the court to clarify their responsibilities under various insurance policies they had written for Sony," Reuters says.

Some 55 class-action lawsuits in the US and 3 in Canada have been filed against Sony, and the company has apparently sent in claims in relation to one or more of these to Zurich American that it wants paid.

Zurich American says in its court filing (PDF) that its policies only cover Sony for "bodily injury, property damage or personal and advertising injury" and none of the lawsuits claim that these have occurred.

The Zurich American lawsuit should keep Mr. Schaaff entertained for the near future, as will no doubt the other 58 class-action lawsuits.

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How the FCC Settles Radio-Spectrum Turf Wars

Remember the 5G-airport controversy? Here’s how such disputes play out

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This photo shows a man in the basket of a cherry picker working on an antenna as an airliner passes overhead.

The airline and cellular-phone industries have been at loggerheads over the possibility that 5G transmissions from antennas such as this one, located at Los Angeles International Airport, could interfere with the radar altimeters used in aircraft.

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You’ve no doubt seen the scary headlines: Will 5G Cause Planes to Crash? They appeared late last year, after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned that new 5G services from AT&T and Verizon might interfere with the radar altimeters that airplane pilots rely on to land safely. Not true, said AT&T and Verizon, with the backing of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which had authorized 5G. The altimeters are safe, they maintained. Air travelers didn’t know what to believe.

Another recent FCC decision had also created a controversy about public safety: okaying Wi-Fi devices in a 6-gigahertz frequency band long used by point-to-point microwave systems to carry safety-critical data. The microwave operators predicted that the Wi-Fi devices would disrupt their systems; the Wi-Fi interests insisted they would not. (As an attorney, I represented a microwave-industry group in the ensuing legal dispute.)

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