CBS Hit With $1M Discrimination Suit

Moving ever closer to its reunion with Viacom, CBS on Tuesday finds its corporate culture again under the spotlight in a $1 million-plus discrimination and retaliation lawsuit from the company’s former director of international treasury.

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Extends LPTV Reimbursement Deadline

Low-power TV, TV translator stations, and FM stations intending to request reimbursement for expenses incurred as a result of the repack of full-power and Class A television stations were required to file their Initial Reimbursement Form (Form 2100, Schedule 399) by Oct. 15. Now the FCC has announced that the deadline to file the reimbursement forms for LPTV and TV Translator stations is pushed back to Nov. 14 by 11:59 p.m.

Allen v. Comcast Could Reshape Bias Suits

While TV mogul Byron Allen alleges racism in refusing to license his niche channels, U.S. businesses worry that a win for him during the new Supreme Court term would increase legal costs and hurt their reputations.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Facebook To Settle Advertiser Lawsuit For $40M

Advertisers sued Facebook in 2016 over user metrics that supposedly measured the average length of time consumers spent viewing posted video ads. The lawsuit said that the time was inflated by up to 900 percent and that helped convince advertisers to buy Facebook’s video advertising services.

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Court Puts Restrictions On Real Estate Seminars With HGTV Stars

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal court has agreed to put temporary restrictions on a pricey real estate seminar business fronted by HGTV stars after the Federal Trade Commission said promises that the classes could make people rich were “misleading” and “bogus.” In its complaint Friday, the FTC said that Utah-based Zurixx LLC would hold […]

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More Challenges For E-Cigarette Ads

Even though advertising for e-cigarettes is not currently illegal at the federal level, there are moves to change that position (including the announcement last month of an anticipated ban on flavored vaping products).

Comcast & Byron Allen’s $20B SCOTUS Battle Heats Up

Days before the new session of the Supreme Court is set to begin, an ever-growing chorus of displeasure with the alliance between Comcast and Donald Trump’s Department of Justice in Byron Allen’s $20 billion battle with the NBCUniversal owner grew even louder and potentially more presidential.

Pai: Streaming Is Strong Competition To MVPDs

In what could signal a big change in regulatory approach, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has plans a vote on an item that would set the precedent that streaming services qualify as “effective competition” to MVPDs sufficient to trigger basic rate deregulation of those MVPDs.

EU: Facebook Can Be Forced To Delete Content

The decision by the EU’s top court that individual countries can order Facebook to take down posts globally sets a benchmark for the reach of European laws governing the internet.

CBS Could Be Liable In Sex Harassment Suit Against Former Radio Unit