There's an attorney for that; AT&T sues Verizon over map ads
The first version of Verizon's spot said that AT&T customers out of the blue 3G region were "Out of touch." After the carrier complained, the copy was changed and superimposed on the screen are words that say, "Voice and data services available outside 3G coverage areas." AT&T still feels that the ads are misleading and points to a survey done in a mall where 53% of those asked responded that they thought the maps showed that there was no AT&T service at all in the non 3G locations on the map. A Verizon spokesman, Jim Gerace, puts forth the argument that AT&T's own ads are misleading. "We believe this action by them calls into question the validity oftheir own claim of fastest 3G network," said Mr. Gerace. "They aremisleading customers by inferring that the fastest 3G network is muchbigger than the blue" area on the map.In response, Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said, "Verizon began this whole campaign largely in response to the fact thatwe are the leader in smartphones." The suit is being brought under the Lanham Act which bans trademark infringement and false advertisement.