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Marchese v. Cablevision Systems Corp., and CSC Holdings, Inc. ,10-cv-02190 (D.N.J.)

We represent subscribers to Cablevision iO TV Packages in this antitrust class action alleging that Cablevision employs an illegal tying arrangement in which it uses its market power to require its subscribers to rent cable boxes as a condition to subscribing to its interactive (or “two way”) cable services. As a result of this tying arrangement, subscribers cannot obtain a set top box in any way other than renting it from Cablevision, thereby preventing competition for the sale of set top boxes to Cablevision customers from driving prices down. Plaintiffs allege that, as a result of this anticompetitive tying policy, subscribers to Cablevision’s interactive services have overpaid for their set top boxes from 2004 to the present.

After voluminous briefing, the district court denied Cablevision’s motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ tying claim. The parties then engaged in significant discovery regarding class certification and Plaintiffs have filed their motion for class certification.

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