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DISH Network settles business litigation with 21st Century Fox

In 2012, 21st Century Fox Inc. and others sued DISH Network. The business litigation surrounded DISH's use of certain technology that allowed subscribers across the country, including those in Maryland, to skip commercials, among other things. The companies who filed suit, including Fox, alleged that they could lose advertising revenue and that DISH infringed on their copyrights by using what was described as video-on-demand technology.

In 2014, DISH entered into settlements with the other companies -- Disney-owned ABC and CBS -- which allows the company to continue broadcasting their content. The trial regarding Fox's claims was scheduled for Sept. 6 of this year. However, after nearly four years of litigation, DISH and Fox have come to an agreement that settles their disputes in advance of that date.

A joint stipulation to dismiss the case was filed on a recent Wednesday. This leaves the case filed by Comcast Corporation's NBCUniversal alleging similar issues with DISH. In August 2014, that case was put on hold to await the resolution of Fox's case against the satellite television provider. Now that the parties have settled, that case will most likely resume at some point.

Not all of the settlement's provisions were released, but the ones that were reported did not include any payments from DISH to Fox. All of the provisions involved DISH refraining from using certain technologies. Maryland companies who are involved in business litigation with other companies or individuals might also seek non-monetary damages. Those types of damages could restore an injured party's chance at success in business more than a payment of cash in many instances.

Source: businessinsider.com, "Dish, Fox settle litigation over Hopper ad-skipper", Jonathan Stempel, Feb. 11, 2016

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