EchoStar Can't Nix Verdict In Disney HD Fee Case

Law360, New York (December 14, 2011, 4:03 PM EST) -- A New York state judge refused Wednesday to chuck a jury's finding that television networks owned by The Walt Disney Co. had properly collected $56 million in fees for high-definition versions of their broadcasts under licensing contracts with EchoStar Satellite LLC.

In October, a jury found in a 5-1 decision that ESPN Inc. and other Disney-owned networks had followed the letter of the license agreement EchoStar, which is affiliated with Dish Network Corp., when it collected the fees for its HD feeds.

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