(from MiamiHerald.com) – A federal judge has thrown out the most sweeping claims of a lawsuit by the owners of South Florida’s WSVN-Fox 7 that could have remapped the television industry, ruling that TV ratings giant Nielsen is not an illegal monopoly.
U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck ruled Thursday that while some of Nielsen’s practices might be anti-competitive, WSVN’s owner Sunbeam Television failed to prove that the Nielsen Company was blocking any “willing and able competitor” from the TV-ratings business.
Huck’s summary judgment dismissing accusations that Nielsen violated federal and state laws strips Sunbeam’s 2009 lawsuit of the potential to trigger revolutionary changes in the television business. The two companies are still submitting arguments on other counts in the lawsuit that accuse Nielsen of breach of contract and deceptive business practices.
Sunbeam officials said they will appeal the dismissal of the anti-trust portion of the lawsuit….Cont….