LA judge kicks out $20BN Comcast, Time Warner Cable law suit


Joseph O'Halloran

| 09 August 2015

Los Angeles Federal Judge Terry Hatter has dismissed a $20 billion racial discrimination in contracting lawsuit filed by the National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) and Entertainment Studios Networks.

The 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.

Entertainment Studios owns seven 24-hour HD cable networks: Pets.TV, Comedy.TV,,,,, and justice The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 38 television programmes, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations.

"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," said Entertainment Studios chairman, CEO and founder Byron Allen. "We are going to immediately appeal this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who I believe will deliver us a favorable decision."

"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," added NAAAOM president Mark DeVitre. "We will not stop until the discrimination stops and we achieve true economic inclusion."