Byron Allen's Lawsuit Against Rev. Al Sharpton and Comcast Thrown Out
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Byron Allen's Lawsuit Against Rev. Al Sharpton and Comcast Thrown Out

nullYou may recall that

back in February we reported in detail about media mogul Byron Allen’s $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast,

Time/Warner, The NAACP and the Rev. Al

Sharpton (HERE).

I don’t want to go into

all the sordid details again and you can go back to that February piece to read

for yourself what it’s all about, but to put it simply,  Allen’s lawsuit alleges that he and other

black producers and cable programming providers have been victims of racism by

Comcast and have been "intentionally unable to secure distribution on

cable systems that are owned by Comcast and Time Warner."

He also claimed that

Sharpton, his organization the National Action Network,  the NAACP and the Urban League were, to put

it bluntly, were paid off by Comcast to keep their mouths shut and not protest or take

any action against Comcast’s discriminatory practices.

However, yesterday in

Los Angeles U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter tossed out Allen’s lawsuit on

the grounds that he "failed to allege a plausible claim for relief."

Previously Comcast called the lawsuit "frivolous" and Sharpton said there was "no basis for the

litigation."

Despite

the judge’s ruling Allen, upon hearing the decision, released a statement stating

that he will continue to fight. "Knowing that our

lawsuit helped the FCC and Department of Justice deny Comcast’s bid to buy Time

Warner Cable is already a big win for us. We are going to immediately appeal

this decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who I believe will deliver us

a favorable decision."

We will keep you

abreast of what happens next.

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