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Comcast Calls it Quits . . . in a Settlement Sense

Comcast Settles Lawsuit

You may recall that, quite some time ago, Comcast was accused of delaying the transfer of certain movie and music files. My recollection is that Comcast originally denied having done anything of the sort, but later admitted that it had, arguing that doing so was necessary to prevent those who download large files through file-sharing programs would not impede Comcast’s service to its other customers. (What is this dizziness I feel, as if things are spinning?)

Like so many differences of opinion, this disagreement resulted in a lawsuit (brought by a class which, despite my mother’s apparent belief to the contrary, is not all that easy to accomplish). And now, like so many lawsuits, it has resulted in a settlement, with the defendant admitting no wrong. That’s no wrong to the tune of $16 million (of which the named plaintiff will likely get a mere slice of a of a fraction of a sliver, if this is anything like other class actions).

Comcast, as you may know, is the nation’s largest ISP. It issued a statement that it had settled because it simply wanted “to put this matter behind us”. (Whoa, I’m feeling that spinning again!). I suppose the plaintiffs felt the same way, because this case is now closed.

Jonathan Pink heads the Internet and New Media Team at Bryan Cave, LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property and business litigation matters, including claims for trademark, copyright and patent infringement. He is resident in the firm’s Irvine (Orange County) and Los Angeles offices.

Jonathan Pink is a business lawyer with a specialty in copyright, patent and trademark litigation. His clients include many of the biggest names in the automotive and motorcycle aftermarket parts industries, and one of world's largest media companies. He has extensive experience in a wide range of intellectual property and commercial disputes including breach of contract, fraud, and the misappropriation of trade secrets. He can be reached at 949.223.7173, or at jonathan.pink@bryancave.com, and his full profile can be viewed at www.bryancave.com.

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