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Saying she saw the legal action as little more than an attempt by a competitor to “force” Comcast to do business with them, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on an antitrust legal fight over whether Comcast had used its position to improperly squelch competition in the market for local spot cable TV advertising.
A Chicago federal judge has refused to force Viamedia, a New York-based seller of local cable TV advertising, to turn over documents Comcast believes would shed light on Viamedia’s efforts to use third-party litigation funding to fund its antitrust legal claims against Comcast, and to urge the federal government to also take action against the telecom giant.
Judge: Comcast 'refusal to deal' on local TV ad sales not 'anticompetitive'; Viamedia to continue suit
Comcast has not violated federal anti-monopoly law by refusing to allow the competitor of one of its subsidiary companies to act as a middleman on the sale of local cable advertising, a federal judge has ruled.