Broadcasters: EchoStar Is Violating Court Order

Law360 (December 1, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- EchoStar Communications Corp.’s statement that it would provide domestic satellite capacity to another company has infuriated television broadcasters who accused EchoStar of dodging a federal court order that prohibits it from offering local broadcast stations out of market.

The National Association of Broadcasters sent a cease and desist letter to Echostar, and then filed a motion to stop the company’s efforts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The group says Echostar is in “flagrant contempt of the permanent injunction.”

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