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Judge throws out WSVN/Nielsen suit…

(from – 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….


01 2011

Sunbeam/Nielsen fail to reach settlement…

(from – The prospect of a de facto winter convention of TV research executives in a Miami courtroom is a step closer. Last week’s court-ordered mediation failed to yield a settlement in the antitrust case brought against Nielsen by Sunbeam Television, continuing the possibility of a mid-January trial.

Law professor Eric D. Green, who had success in mediating the well-known United States v. Microsoft case, assembled the two parties in his Boston office last week. But talks did not produce a resolution, a representative for Sunbeam said in an email.

Sunbeam has alleged Nielsen thwarted competitors from entering the Miami market, where it operates Fox affiliate WSVN. Furthermore, it charges that Nielsen’s local people meters have failed to properly count the number of minority and other viewers, costing it millions of dollars.

It is not clear what happens next….Cont….


09 2010

Gannett re-upps with Nielsen…

(edited from – Gannett Co. Inc. has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with The Nielsen Co. to use Nielsen’s local television ratings and other services for all of its 23 television stations in 19 markets, including Tampa’s WTSP, and Jacksonville duopoly WTLV and WJXX.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed…Cont…


05 2010

Court date set for Sunbeam vs. Nielsen Media…

(from – If Sunbeam Television owner Ed Ansin (right) wants to take Nielsen to trial, a date has been set. Nielsen would then face testimony alleging that it functions as a monopoly that overcharges networks and under-counts viewers.

The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Federal District Court in Miami before the same judge, Paul C. Huck, who earlier this month shot down Nielsen’s attempt to dismiss the antitrust case.

Sunbeam alleges that Nielsen has cost it millions by failing to allow competitors to enter the Miami market, where it operates the Fox affiliate. Nielsen’s defective local people meters have lowered WSVN’s ratings and revenues, Sunbeam charges in court papers….Cont….


04 2010

Nielsen back online and reporting…

(from – Nielsen has begun reporting TV ratings reports again after a power outage in Oldsmar during the wee hours Wednesday morning disrupted data collection efforts. Some local data was made available to clients last night, while national ratings were rolled out today, according to spokesman Gary Holmes….Cont….


11 2009