Counsel Corporation

Counsel Corporation

February 28, 2008 07:30 ET

Counsel Subsidiary, C2 Global, Settles Lawsuit Against Verizon

Verizon Agrees to License C2's Patents

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - Counsel Corporation ("Counsel") (TSX:CXS) is pleased to announce that its 92%-owned subsidiary, C2 Global Technologies Inc. ("C2") (OTCBB:COBT), has settled its patent infringement litigation against Verizon Communications, Inc. by entering into a Settlement and License Agreement. The terms of the Agreement are confidential.

Following a similar agreement signed with AT&T, Inc. on February 18, Verizon is now the second major U.S. telecommunications carrier to license C2's patent portfolio. C2 will aggressively pursue licenses from other entities that are using its patented technology, which includes corresponding patents in Australia, Canada, China and Europe.

In June 2006, C2 Communications Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of C2, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against AT&T, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Qwest Communications International, Inc., Bellsouth Corporation, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Global Crossing Limited, and Level 3 Communications, Inc. The complaint was filed in the Marshall Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and alleges that the defendants' services and systems utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") infringe C2 Communications' U.S. Patent No. 6,243,373, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Implementing a Computer Network/Internet Telephone System". The complaint seeks an injunction, monetary damages and costs. In June 2007, the complaint against Bellsouth Corporation was dismissed without prejudice. On February 18, 2008 the complaint against AT&T, Inc. was settled by entering into a Settlement and License Agreement. A trial date of August 4, 2008 has been set for the lawsuit.

Allan Silber, Chairman & CEO of Counsel and C2 said "We are extremely pleased with C2's success in licensing its patents to companies with the stature of AT&T and Verizon and look forward to C2 generating significant licensing and royalty revenue in the future."

Mr. Silber added, "We are very excited about the progress that Counsel has made over the past year. We are gratified to be able to add the validation of our patent strategy to the launch of our private equity initiative through Knight's Bridge Capital Corporation, our sponsorship of the initial public offering for Terra Firma Capital Corporation and the disposition of our seniors living business, which greatly strengthened our balance sheet and financial position."

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