Federal Judge Re-Opens Byron Allen Suit Against Time Warner and Comcast
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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According to reports, a federal judge has re-opened Byron Allen’s suit against Time Warner and Comcast.

Judge Terry Hatter had previously dismissed the lawsuit filed by Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks Inc. and the National Association of African-American Owned Media because the plaintiffs failed to allege a claim for relief. They have until Sept. 21 to file an amended complaint.

After dismissal of the initial complaint, Allen and NAAAOM had vowed to appeal the decision and continue their suit against the cable companies, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others.

“We will continue to vigorously pursue Comcast and Time Warner Cable, who spend approximately $25 billion annually licensing cable networks with less than $3 million going to 100% African American owned media,” Mark DeVitre, president of NAAAOM told media. “We will not stop until the discrimination stops and we achieve true economic inclusion.”

Allen said that the amended complaint will provide “greater detail and greater clarity, and I believe we will prevail.” He also said, according to reports, that they plan to file more lawsuits against other media conglomerates like this one.

Comcast has called the allegations in the $20 billion suit “inflammatory, inaccurate, and unsupported,” and Sharpton has said the suit is “frivolous,” and that there was “no basis” for the litigation.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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