Mediacom vs DishNetwork (Mediacom illegally taps and resells service of competitor)

“Therefore. Mediacom executives entered into three separate Residential Customer Agreements with DISH Network, a Colorado corporation (attached hereto as Exhibit (“B”)- The company would then extract local channel WSB/ABC from the DISH Network subscriptions, make it cable ready, and illegally retransmit the channel to its own customers.” “Mediacom either could not or would not obtain the retransmission rights to broadcast local channel WSB/ABC to its customers. Therefore, to compete with DISH Network, Mediacom engaged in a course of unlawful conduct so that it may steal the channel for which DISH Network bargained and purchased the retransmission rights. Three Mediacom employees, including Chief Technician John Duran, entered into Residential Subscriber Agreements with DISH Network to obtain DISH Network programming. Thereafter, Mediacom’s employees would remit checks to DISH Network each month printed on “MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION” checks to pay for its subscriptions. Once Mediacom obtained access to DISH Network channel WSB/ABC, it extracted the local channel, made it cable ready and retransmitted it to Mediacom customers. In fact, Mediacom advertised via the local Chamber of Commerce website and its programming guide that it offered WSB/ABC as part of its channel line-up. Therefore. Mediacom executives entered into three separate Residential Customer Agreements with DISH Network, a Colorado corporation (attached hereto as Exhibit (“B”)- The company would then extract local channel WSB/ABC from the DISH Network subscriptions, make it cable ready, and illegally retransmit the channel to its own customers. In fact, throughout its course of unlawful conduct, Mediacom would pay for its multiple DISH Network subscriptions by writing checks to DISH Network on “MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION” company checks, (attached hereto as Exhibit (“A”). Due to Mediacom’s breach of contract and unlawful retransmission, EchoStar has suffered the injury of […]

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom’s Commisso ups the ante?

Mediacom founder, chairman and CEO Rocco Commisso can add one more title to his resume: owner. The MSO has agreed to accept Commisso’s latest offer of $8.75 a share–significantly more than the $6 a share he proposed and withdrew in May–and acquiesced to a $600 million purchase of all the company stock he didn’t already own. Read more: Commisso ups his offer and gets to take Mediacom private – FierceCable http://www.fiercecable.com/story/commisso-ups-his-offer-and-gets-take-mediacom-private/2010-11-16#ixzz2IaqgvaoC Subscribe: http://www.fiercecable.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceCable-FierceCable

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom and Qwest (CenturyLink) protesting underground cable ordinance?

Qwest (NYSE: Q) and cable competitor Mediacom (Nasdaq: MCCC) have waged the latest underground wire relocation war in Cedar Falls, Iowa, a city  prone to major ice and wind storms. Read more: Qwest, Mediacom protest Iowa’s underground cable ordinance – FierceTelecom http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/qwest-mediacom-protest-iowas-underground-cable-ordinance/2010-08-11#ixzz2IaqYTEbF Subscribe: http://www.fiercetelecom.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceTelecom-FierceTelecom

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

WALB and Mediacom blackout?

“Our parent company Raycom Media is currently in negotiations with Mediacom. If Raycom and Medicaom cannot reach an agreement, WALB-TV will be removed from the Mediacom lineup. That means you will no longer be able to watch WALB News 10 after Dec. 31.” Read more: Retransmission woes: Georgia station warns viewers of potential problems – FierceCable http://www.fiercecable.com/story/retransmission-woes-georgia-station-warns-viewers-potential-problems/2010-07-28#ixzz2IaqMxYbH Subscribe: http://www.fiercecable.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceCable-FierceCable

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom affected by the Minnesota cable franchise bill – ready for governor’s signature

A closely watched cable franchise bill that essentially removes some regulatory barriers for newcomers starting franchises to compete with incumbent cable providers should be signed into law by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the next couple days. The bill was instigated in the Minnesota legislature after a legal tussle broke out between cable incumbent Mediacom and the community of Prior Lake over how much leeway a community could give a competitive builder. Prior Lake thought IPTV provider Integra should have a little slack with how much of the franchise it was required to cover; Mediacom, which had to cover everything, disagreed and took the matter to court. Read more: Cable franchise bill ready for Minnesota governor’s signature – FierceCable http://www.fiercecable.com/story/cable-franchise-bill-ready-minnesota-governors-signature/2010-04-20#ixzz2Iaq97fjm Subscribe: http://www.fiercecable.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceCable-FierceCable

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom phases out Sprint VoIP relationship

Sprint’s wholesale group took another hit this week as Mediacom Communications–the seventh largest U.S. cable operator–has decided to take its IP voice service operations in-house. Read more: Comptel 2010: Mediacom will phase out Sprint VoIP relationship – FierceTelecom http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/comptel-2010-mediacom-will-phase-out-sprint-voip-relationship/2010-03-16#ixzz2IaprlraG Subscribe: http://www.fiercetelecom.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceTelecom-FierceTelecom

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom Class Action Lawsuit

Levi & Korsinsky, LLP has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of current stockholders of Mediacom Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: MCCC) in connection with the planned acquisition of the company by Rocco Commisso, Mediacom’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, entitled Pease v. Commisso, Index No. 10-cv-9263, alleges, among other things, that the defendants violated Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and corresponding Rule 14a-9. In particular, the plaintiff alleges that the defendants have issued materially false or misleading statements regarding the proposed acquisition. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff’s counsel, Eduard Korsinsky, at Levi & Korsinsky, LLP, (212) 363-7500 or, or via e-mail at ek@zlk.com. If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint as filed or join this class action online at http://www.zlk.com. Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. NO CLASS HAS YET BEEN CERTIFIED IN THE ABOVE ACTION. UNTIL A CLASS IS CERTIFIED, YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL UNLESS YOU RETAIN ONE. AT THIS TIME YOU MAY DO NOTHING AND REMAIN AN ABSENT CLASS MEMBER. YOU MAY ALSO RETAIN COUNSEL OF YOUR CHOICE. Levi & Korsinsky, LLP is a national law firm that represents the rights of shareholders and victims of corporate abuse. We are headquartered […]

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom loses appeal

Mediacom must continue to operate a customer service center in Carbondale, the Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled. The appellate court’s affirmation of a First Circuit Court summary judgment forced Mediacom to abide by a 10-year service agreement it signed with the county in 2009. One of the contract’s stipulations was that Mediacom maintain a customer service center in the city. Mediacom closed its customer service center in January 2010, which caused the county and city to sue. In July 2011, First Circuit Associate Judge Christy Solverson determined the terms of the contract were binding. Mediacom opened a new service center at Eastgate Shopping Center and appealed the ruling. Mediacom argued it was allowed to close the Carbondale facility because the local franchise agreements were no longer valid under the Illinois Public Utilities Act. Solverson said Illinois law did not invalidate the contracts because customer service standards in the agreements are the same as what’s found in state statute. The Fifth District Appellate Court agreed, giving its ruling June 25. “The circuit court correctly concluded that the plaintiffs and Mediacom ‘mutually agreed to contracts both valid at the time of their formation and valid after the enactment of the customer service and privacy protection standards of (statute),” Justice James M. Wexstten wrote in the appellate ruling. Jackson County Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Brenner and Carbondale City Attorney Mike Kimmel argued on the county and city’s behalf before the appellate court. Brenner said the appellate ruling showed the contract was bargained in good faith. Brenner said Mediacom may ask the appellate court to reconsider its decision or appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. Until then the cable TV, Internet and telephone service provider must live up […]

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Starcom sues Mediacom over planned hire

Starcom MediaVest Group has sued MediaCom, alleging it has chosen to hire a Starcom executive to head its Chicago office “in an attempt to unfairly compete with (Starcom) and gain access to its business secrets,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Starcom alleges that New York-based MediaCom Worldwide Inc. plans to hire Alicia Lisowksi after her resignation from Starcom takes effect in August, despite knowing of Ms. Lisowski’s non-compete obligations to Starcom, according to a complaint filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court. Ms. Lisowski has been Starcom’s face for interaction with consumer giant Procter & Gamble, whose business the two agencies compete for, according to the complaint. She was promoted in early 2011 to senior vice president and director, the complaint says. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/assets/downloads/starcomlawsuit.pdf Starcom has “entrusted Lisowski with its confidences and trade secrets” for the nearly seven years she has worked for the company, and MediaCom will exploit those relationships and secrets by hiring her, Starcom alleges. More on this story: http://adage.com/article/agency-news/media-agencies-starcom-sues-mediacom-planned-hire/235570/

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments

Mediacom sues L2 for allegedly selling broadband service

Kraig Beahn, CEO of Georgia-based L2 Networks, used a cable modem leased by his mother-in-law from Mediacom Communications to sell high-speed Internet service to a commercial customer, Mediacom alleges in a civil complaint against L2 and Beahn. Read more: Mediacom sues L2 and CEO Beahn for allegedly tapping network to sell broadband service – FierceCable http://www.fiercecable.com/story/mediacom-sues-l2-and-ceo-beahn-allegedly-tapping-network-sell-broadband-ser/2012-06-11#ixzz2IasTJkzH Subscribe: http://www.fiercecable.com/signup?sourceform=Viral-Tynt-FierceCable-FierceCable

By |January 21st, 2013|Mediacom|0 Comments