UPDATE, 7:10 p.m .: Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Charter Communications have agreed to settle Allen’s $ 10 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against the telecommunications giant. The parties issued a brief joint statement tonight announcing the deal. “Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Networks has resolved and withdrawn the lawsuit against Charter Communications.” Read the details of the case below.
The settlement is the latest for Allen, who announced a deal last summer to end his $ 10 billion lawsuit against Comcast Communications.
PREVIOUS, August 29: Byron Allen and Entertainment Studios announced on Friday that its lawsuit against telecommunications giant Charter will go ahead.
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Federal District Court Judge George H. Wu has ruled in favor of Allen’s $ 10 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Charter Communications. The latest ruling comes after Wu initially appealed the ruling in 2016 and upheld his ruling in November 2018.
In March 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the head of entertainment must provide evidence to support his claim of racial discrimination by the communications company. With Judge Wu’s latest ruling, Allen can now take legal action against Charter.
“Charter again tried to claim in court that the First Amendment gives them the right to discriminate against blacks. This is a contemptible and racist legal position, and I have no doubts that Charter CEO Tom Rutledge and the Charter Board will be fully accountable, ”Allen said in a statement. “Judge Wu and the Ninth Circuit told Charter that the First Amendment does not give anyone the right to discriminate against 100 million minorities in this country.”
In the Hurley case, parade organizers in Boston did not want gays in their parade, and parade organizers prevailed by using the First Amendment to discriminate against homosexuals, and unfortunately this miscarriage of justice was upheld by the court. Supreme U.S. Supreme Charter in 1995 sent their high-profile lawyer, Patrick Philbin, who defended Donald Trump in his impeachment hearings, into the courtroom to represent them. Charter and their lawyers should have spoken out against this horrific Hurley decision, but instead relied on this legal precedent of discrimination against gay people and tried to use that legal precedent in a civil rights case against black people. This tells us everything we need to know about Charter under the leadership of Tom Rutledge, CEO.
“The legal defense of the Charter is the epitome of systemic racism. Charter will continue to lose this cause, and I will make this an example for all of America to see, because structural racism will not be tolerated. Systemic racism is killing us in the classroom, killing us in the boardroom and killing us in the courtroom, long before it kills us in the streets, ”Allen continued.
The founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios also filed a similar lawsuit against Comcast, also $ 10 billion, accusing the media conglomerate of racial prejudice and alleged violations of civil rights law. In June, Allen and Comcast struck a deal that saw the network extend the terms of The Weather Channel and 14 TV stations.