“A federal judge today rejected a bid by Charter Communications to toss out a $10B racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.” The move comes five months after Comcast was granted dismissal from a separate $20B racial discrimination suit filed by Allen’s company in early 2015…The FCC also is a defendant in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs’ lead counsel, Skip Miller of Miller Barondess LLP in Los Angeles, said today: ‘We have evidence of racial bias harbored by top level Charter executives with decision-making authority, and allege, in detail, the discriminatory treatment ESN suffered at the hands of these executives.’ Said Allen: ‘This lawsuit was filed to provide distribution and real economic inclusion for 100% African American-owned media. The cable industry spends $70 billion a year licensing cable networks and 100% African American-owned media receives zero.'”

This is good! Now let’s see what kind of unethical and unlawful tricks Charter, the FCC and other defendants, as well as their counsel, have up their sleeves to prevail and prevent an impartial jury from deciding the merits of this case.

To read the decision, click here: http://www.naaaom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10.24.16-Order-NAAAOM-v.-Charter.pdf.

Source: Erik Pedersen. “Charter Fails To Get Byron Allen’s $10B Racial Discrimination Suit Dismissed.” Deadline. October , 2016. http://deadline.com/2016/10/charter-communications-lawsuit-motion-to-dismiss-byron-allen-entertainment-studios-1201842079/.

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