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US: Univision sues Charter over post-merger fees

 |  July 10, 2016

Univision has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications over license fees in the wake of the cable company’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in New York Supreme Court, alleges that Charter Communications is using its recent acquisition of Time Warner Cable to impose license fees that are “dramatically below” market prices for the right to carry the Spanish-language broadcasting titan. The suit does not specify the amount of the fees.

Miami-based Univision is asking for a declaration to clarify language in its Charter and Time Warner Cable programming contracts. Univision also sued Charter for breach of contract.

Charter completed its $71-billion purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May, making Charter the nation’s second-largest broadband Internet provider, behind Comcast, and the third-largest pay-TV distributor behind AT&T and Comcast.