Consumers Say 9th Circ. Cable Ruling Limits TV Choices

Law360, New York (April 11, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT) -- Consumers urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rehear a proposed antitrust class action aimed at forcing NBC Universal Inc., Viacom Inc. and other television programmers to sell channels individually, arguing the appeals court’s decision unfairly shielded content providers from antitrust scrutiny.

Rob Brantley and nine other consumers asked the appeals court to rehear en banc allegations that the way in which a dozen content providers sold their popular channels to distributors violated federal antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act.

“This consumer complaint is a genuine...
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