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$20B discrimination claim against Comcast hits Supreme Court this week
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The National Association of African American-Owned Media's claims of racial discrimination by cable TV giant Comcast will be brought to the Supreme Court for oral arguments on Wednesday.
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Entertainment Studios, a television network operator led by Byron Allen, filed charges against Comcast after the corporation wouldn't agree to do business.
Allen claimed Comcast refused because he's black, and his lawsuit pointed to Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which says that all people should have "the same right … to make and enforce contracts … as is enjoyed by white citizens."
Comcast told FOX Business the case is a "meritless $20 billion claim."
"We believe that the civil rights laws are an essential tool for protecting the rights of African-Americans and other diverse communities. All we are asking is that section 1981 in our case be interpreted the same way it has been interpreted for decades across the country. Mr. Allen's frivolous, baseless claims — which a judge appointed by President Carter threw out three times as having nothing to do with race — debase and distort those laws," a Comcast spokesperson said in a statement.