FTC's $4B DirecTV False Ad Suit In Peril As Trial Paused

By Dorothy Atkins (August 25, 2017, 7:01 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge paused a bench trial Friday of the FTC's $4 billion false advertising suit against DirecTV so DirecTV can seek partial judgment, saying after the FTC rested its case in chief there was a "substantial issue" over whether the agency had offered evidence to support its case in whole or in part.

U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. told DirecTV attorneys to file their partial judgment motion and a brief on findings of fact within two weeks. The judge also gave the Federal Trade Commission two weeks to respond to DirecTV's judgment bid and submit its own...

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