Comcast Wants Justices To Fix 9th Circ. Standard In Bias Suit
Law360 (August 9, 2019, 2:57 PM EDT) — Comcast pressed the Supreme Court on Thursday to shut down a $20 billion racial bias lawsuit over its refusal to carry an African American-owned production company’s channels, arguing that the Ninth Circuit’s revival of the case was rooted in a standard that bucks well-settled precedent.
The Ninth Circuit ruled last year that Entertainment Studios Inc., a production firm owned by former comedian Byron Allen, only needs to show that racial discrimination was simply one factor in Comcast Corp.’s rejections for the case to move forward. Entertainment Studios need not show racial bias was the decisive factor, the panel concluded.
After securing a…