Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios scored legal victories on Monday as a federal appellate court ruled that his racial discrimination lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications will proceed.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, Calif., Overturned a lower court's decision to dismiss Allen's claim against Comcast. Allen's suit.
The ruling state that Allen has made a plausible case for racial discrimination is a factor in the separate decisions by Comcast and Charter to not carry any of Entertainment Studios' suite of cable channels. Allen filed suit against Comcast in 2015 and against charter in early 201
Allen's are in a post-Civil War Law designed to help protect newly freed slaves from discrimination in pursuing business deals and contracts. Monday's rulings do not address the merits of entertainment studios' claims against the cable giants, only that are plausible allegations in the suits to allow the litigation to continue through the courts.
Allen maintains that racial bias is a factor in. The movie is also in a nutshell Comcast and Charter's longstanding decisions. AT & T's DirecTV picked up seven Entertainment Studios channels.
"Plaintiffs' allegations regarding Charter's treatment of Entertainment Studios, and its differing treatment of white- owned companies, are sufficient to state a viable claim, "Judge Milan D. Smith wrote in the Charter opinion.
Comcast and Charter were critical of the decisions.
"We respectfully disagree with the Court's decision, and are reviewing the decision and considering our options," Comcast said in a statement. Charter has a more forceful response.
"This lawsuit is a desperate tactic that this programmer has used before with other distributors," Charter said.
Allen, who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, hailed the rulings as "unprecedented and historic."
"The lack of true economic inclusion for African-Americans wants to end up with me, and that rulings show that I'm unwavering in my commitment to achieving this long overdue goal, "Allen said.