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Court dismisses $20 bn lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable; NAAAOM to appeal

MUMBAI: Federal Judge Terry Hatter issued a short ruling dismissing the $20 billion racial discrimination in contracting lawsuit filed by the National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc.


Judge Hatter's ruling did not provide any detail as to why the case was dismissed except to say that the Plaintiffs had failed to allege a claim for relief.


"Knowing that our lawsuit helped the FCC and the DOJ deny Comcast's bid to buy Time Warner Cable is already a big win for us. We are going to immediately appeal this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who I believe will deliver us a favorable decision," said Entertainment Studios Networks chairman, CEO and founder Byron Allen.


"We will continue to vigorously pursue Comcast and Time Warner Cable, who spend approximately $25 billion annually licensing cable networks with less than $3 million going to 100% African American owned media. We will not stop until the discrimination stops and we achieve true economic inclusion," said NAAAOM president Mark DeVitre.

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