Time Warner Blackout Suits Show High Stakes Of Fee Fight

Law360, New York (August 20, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT) -- Time Warner Cable Inc. is facing public wrath and costly class actions following recent channel blackouts, but the company's apparent willingness to face those risks shows just how much more there is to lose in the battle over retransmission fees.

Bad press and class actions like those filed earlier this month are a headache for any company, but they pale in comparison to what's at stake in the fee negotiations, which have morphed into a multibillion-dollar dispute over the value of broadcast television. 

If the company...
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