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West Virginia attorney general sues Comcast

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 8:40am
Mike Robuck

Last week, West Virginia’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against Comcast over the cable operator’s requirement that customers pay a monthly fee for set-top boxes and other cable devices, such as digital terminal adapters.

Attorney general Darrell McGraw filed his lawsuit against Comcast July 1 in the Circuit Court of Marshall County, W.Va, according to the Mineral Daily News-Tribune.

McGraw’s lawsuit said that by tying cable set-top boxes to premium cable services, West Virginia’s consumers have to pay a higher price for the boxes than they would have in an open market. Customers are required to pay the monthly fees in order to view Comcast’s premium tier.

The suit also alleged that since Comcast subscribers have to rent the boxes, they’re paying the cable operator more than the boxes are worth.

The lawsuit is seeking damages on behalf of West Virginia consumers for the increased cost paid for the cable services, statutory damages and civil penalties. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction against Comcast.

Comcast didn’t comment on the lawsuit by deadline.

Last month, a Mobile, Ala., woman filed a federal lawsuit against Comcast over the company’s requirement that subscribers lease set-top boxes for premium services.

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