Charter Sanctioned $19 Million for Poaching Windstream Customers

April 9, 2021, 7:01 PM

Charter Communications Inc. must pay $19 million to the bankruptcy estate of competitor Windstream Holdings Inc., after a judge determined the telecom giant improperly sought to poach customers and cut off service for debts owed.

Charter’s actions amounted to a violation of the automatic stay in Windstream’s Chapter 11 case, said Judge Robert D. Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, sanctioning Charter for civil contempt. The stay prevents creditors from collecting on debts outside the bankruptcy case.

The judge also ordered that Charter’s claims in Windstream’s bankruptcy case only be paid...

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