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Netflix, Hulu Face Suit From Indiana Cities Over Franchise Fees

Jan. 18, 2022, 7:21 PM

Cities in Indiana won a critical victory in their bid for millions in purportedly unpaid local franchise fees from Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Dish Network, and DirecTV after a judge rejected the companies’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the municipalities.

Presiding Judge Heather Welch of the Indiana Commercial Court Docket in Marion County on Tuesday found no basis for halting a class action filed against the streaming entertainment and satellite TV companies by four cities including Indianapolis. The lawsuit alleges streaming video services rely on locally regulated broadband internet connections to deliver services and should be required to ...

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