What Federal Jurisdiction Should Apply in the Lawsuit Concerning Dish Network’s Commercial-Skipping Television Broadcasting Capability

Dish Network is in a dispute with almost all of the major television networks over Dish Network’s offering to consumers that allows them to skip commercials in television shows.  The lawsuit is in its earliest stages.  The issue being decided now is what jurisdiction should hear the federal lawsuits.

The reason that this has become such a tangled issue is because not only have CBS, NBC, Fox and Dish itself filed separate lawsuits, but Dish’s lawsuit was filed in New York while the others were filed in California (ABC has not yet filed suit).  This is important because New York case law would appear to favor the Dish Network’s position more than that of the networks.

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