A group of Cablevision customers in New York filed a class action lawsuit against Cablevision in federal court on Thursday. The plaintiffs want the cable company to pay damages for not discounting their bills during the retransmission standoff, and for depriving them of Fox programming, such as Fox News, Glee, House, The Simpsons, New York Giants football, the major league baseball playoffs and the World Series.
Cablevision has been without News Corporation's (NWSA) Fox programming since their agreement expired on Oct. 15.
In the Gallo v. Cablevision Systems suit, the plaintiffs are asking for about $450 million in damages, which is about how much one month's cable bill for three million subscribers would be."News Corp. is the company that deserves a lawsuit, for blacking out the World Series in three million New York-area homes," Cablevision told the Hollywood Reporter in response to being hit with the lawsuit. "The Federal Communications Commission has all the facts and our customers are demanding that the FCC act to end the Fox blackout." On Wednesday Fox rejected Cablevision's offer to pay the same rate that Fox charges Time Warner Cable (TWC) to carry Fox 5 in New York and Fox 29 in Philadelphia for one year. Cablevision made the offer in an effort to bring the battle between the two companies to an end prior to the first game of the World Series, which started Wednesday evening.
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