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Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

In yesterday’s ruling, King County Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw found that “Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act more than 445,000 times when it charged tens of thousands of Washingtonians for its Service Protection Plan without their consent,” Ferguson’s announcement said. Each wrongful monthly charge was a separate violation, so there were multiple violations per customer. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2IwO30W
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Central Park Five Prosecutor Pens Op-Ed Amid Backlash, Calls Netflix Series an “Outfight Fabrication”

Describing When They See Us as “so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication,” Fairstein outlines in the WSJ what she claims are the “most egregious falsehoods.” “When They See Us, repeatedly portrays the suspects as being held without food, deprived of their parents’ company and advice, and not even allowed to use the bathroom. If that had been true, surely they would have brought those issues up and prevailed in pretrial hearings on the voluntariness of their statements, as well as in their lawsuit against the city. They didn’t, because it never happened,” she writes. – Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2IDJe6f

Fox and Disney Headed for Major Win Against Netflix in Poaching Battle

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles Superior Court became the scene of a consequential fight between 20th Century Fox Film and Netflix. In reality, thanks to Rupert Murdoch selling studio assets, this legal battle pits Netflix against Disney, which is priming its own streaming service for launch later this year. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2WZuPug

Comcast to Pay Millions After Judge Finds It Illegally Screwed Over Customers 445,000 Times

Comcast’s Service Protection Plan cost $6 a month (it was $5 a month until just before Ferguson filed his lawsuit) and effectively covered the expense of a technician showing up to your home to inform you that something is wrong. That’s… pretty much all it covered, due to a bunch of caveats detailed in the program’s fine print. It was a monthly cost that basically got you nothing, and yet Comcast added it on to 30,946 Washingtonians’ accounts without informing them, according to state authorities, who said it didn’t provide 18,660 Washingtonians with accurate information on how much the program costs. – Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo » http://bit.ly/2WUFc2q

YouTube Prankster Gets Jail Time After Giving Toothpaste-Filled Oreo to Homeless Man

Even though Ren was convicted of endangering the moral integrity of a homeless person, he most likely won’t have to spend time behind bars, since Spanish law typically allows first-time offenders’ non-violent crime sentences under two years to be terminated. On Friday, the Barcelona court also ordered his YouTube and other social media channels to be inactive for five years as a punishment for his horrible prank. – Genevieve Scarano, Geek.com » http://bit.ly/2wwnmEf

Lawsuit Targeting Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Narrowed to Pablo Escobar’s Intimacy With a Gun

Vallejo “alleges that a scene in Narcos Season One, Episode Three infringes on a chapter of the Memoir entitled ‘La caricia de un revolver,'” writes the judge. “Plaintiff states that from approximately minutes 4:00 to 5:15, the character Valeria Velez (the character allegedly based on Plaintiff) has an intimate encounter with Pablo Escobar that involves a revolver, and that this encounter infringes on the original expression in the Memoir. While Plaintiff does not provide the specific details of the scene in Narcos that allegedly infringed on the Memoir, Plaintiff does allege that this scene involves a unique expression–namely, an intimate encounter that involves a revolver. While copyright protection does not extend to ideas it is plausible that Defendants infringed on Plaintiff’s expression with respect to this scene.” – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2Xc5E4F

Netflix the Only Hollywood Studio to Speak Out in Attack Against Abortion Rights (EXCLUSIVE)

The major studios continue to rely on the Motion Picture Assn. of America, their collective voice in Washington, to play a role in the mess. At the time Kemp signed the heartbeat bill, the MPAA said it would monitor the legislation’s path toward becoming law, which could occur Jan. 1. There is wide expectation for the bill to escalate to circuit courts, where it might be struck down. In the same breath, the MPAA underscored the human cost of boycotts. Last year, Georgia reported some 92,000 jobs and an economic impact of more than $9 billion from production. – Matt Donnelly, Gene Maddaus & Elaine Low, Variety » http://bit.ly/2QsNjxH
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