Billionaire Byron Allen Overcomes Charter Communications Attempts to Dismiss His $10 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

A federal judge rejected a bid to dismiss a $10B racial discrimination lawsuit filed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media brought against Charter Communications and the FCC for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.”

Federal District Court Judge George Wu wrote in the opinion:

“First, it argues that Plaintiffs have not eliminated — indeed, the FAC reveals — the possibility that the reasons for Defendant’s refusal to contract were not race-based at all, but were due to legitimate business considerations. Second, somewhat linked to that first argument, Defendant asserts that Plaintiff is required to demonstrate not just that racial animus was one contributing fact.”

Byron Allen stated this about the decision:

“Everybody talks about diversity, and everybody complains about the lack of diversity and economic inclusion. Today we made history by doing something about it. This lawsuit was filed to provide distribution and real economic inclusion for 100% African American-owned media. The cable industry spends $70 billion a year licensing cable networks and 100% African American-owned media receives ZERO. This is completely unacceptable. We will not stop until we achieve real economic inclusion for 100% African American-owned media.”

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