Skype founders oppose takeover

Skype’s founders yesterday asked a US federal court to prevent Index Ventures and one of its partners from further participating in the proposed $1.9bn (£1.1bn) acquisition of the Web phone service.

The suit, brought by Joltid and Joost, the companies of Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, said Index and one of its partners, Michelangelo Volpi, were using confidential information in their bid to acquire a majority stake in Skype from eBay. Volpi was previously the chief executive of Joost.