Charter Fails To Shake Cable Box Tying Action

Law360, New York (July 27, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to dismiss a putative antitrust class action accusing Charter Communications Inc. of violating the Sherman Act by forcing customers to rent a cable set-top box as a condition of receiving premium cable service.

The complaint plausibly pleads that Charter had sufficient market power to put such a scheme into effect, as well as that the company may have coerced its customers, Judge Martin Feldman ruled in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Monday.

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