Comcast agrees to settle long running class action case

November 7, 2014 by

comcastComcast has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a decade-old class action case.  If approved, the settlement will resolve allegations that Comcast illegally “swapped” customers in five Pennsylvania counties with cable companies in other geographic markets.  Glaberson, et al. v. Comcast Corporation, et al., No. 03-cv-06604 (E.D. Pa).  The settlement consists of $16.67 million in cash and $33.33 million in credits or services.  Current subscribers can receive a $15 credit toward their bill or various upgrades and services, while former subscribers can receive $15 in cash.

The case is widely known for the March 27, 2013, U.S. Supreme Court decision, discussed here on April 17, and June 4, 2013.  In that opinion the Court ruled that each damages analysis had to be tied to each liability theory and that both needed to be proven by common evidence in order to obtain class certification.

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