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Biden DOJ Asks High Court Not to Take Up Comcast Antitrust Case

May 26, 2021, 9:32 PM

The Biden administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court not to get involved in an antitrust lawsuit against Comcast Corp., which has asked the justices to shut down claims that it unlawfully refused to do business with a rival in the TV ad placement market.

Justice Department attorneys, responding to an invitation from the high court, defended an appellate ruling that revived Viamedia Inc.'s claims against Comcast under the “duty to deal” doctrine, which imposes antitrust liability for ending a profitable commercial relationship solely to harm a rival.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit correctly found Viamedia’s ...