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JURY RETURNS $6.31 MILLION VERDICT, SUBJECT TO TREBLING, IN FAVOR OF COX CABLE OKLAHOMA SUBSCRIBERS IN ANTITRUST SUIT

Oklahoma City, OK, October 29, 2015 - After deliberating for three full days, an Oklahoma City jury has returned a verdict against Cox Communications, Inc. for violations of antitrust laws totaling $6.31 million. Under those laws, the award  could be trebled to nearly $19 million, plus costs and attorneys’ fees. The plaintiffs intend to request injunctive relief as well.

The plaintiffs, subscribers to Cox’s cable services represented by the firms Whatley Kallas, LLP; Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns;  and Kanner & Whiteley LLC, alleged that Cox had violated the law by tying premium cable services to set-top box rentals.

Joe R. Whatley, Jr., of the Whatley Kallas firm, commented, "The jury obviously gave all the evidence careful consideration.  We appreciate the time they devoted to this important case."

Todd Schneider from the Schneider Wallace firm stated, “With this verdict the people of Oklahoma have scored a victory for fair  competition which leads to lower prices and more innovation, which benefits everyone.”

Allen Kanner of Kanner Whiteley added: “We appreciate Judge Cauthron's management of this MDL and the jury's careful deliberations.”

This case is a bellwether for a number of similar lawsuits around the country that will be handled by other federal courts. The complaint in this case alleged violations of the federal Sherman Act and Oklahoma antitrust laws.

The case is  In re: Cox Enterprises Inc. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation, case number 5:12-ml-02048, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.