Dish Tells Jury ESPN Favored Rivals In Licensing Deal

Law360, New York (February 11, 2013, 8:38 PM EST) -- ESPN Inc. gave Dish Network LLC less favorable rates on its programming than it gave the television provider's competitors despite a contract requiring equal treatment, a lawyer for Dish said Monday, opening a $152 million trial against the sports media giant.

ESPN ignored a so-called “most-favored nation” clause in its contract with Dish that required it to offer Dish the same deals it provided to Dish's rivals, Dish lawyer Barry Ostrager of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP told a 10-person jury in opening statements.

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