Time Warner Cable is in deep, deep trouble in the Southland. Today L.A. City Attorney, Mike Feuer, announced the filing of a multi-million-lawsuit against the area’s largest cable provider. The suit alleges the cable giant has “stiffed” the city of Los Angeles $10 million in franchise fees at a time when it was raking in billions from its customers.
“That money would have funded 100 police officers and miles of sidewalk repair,” Feuer is quoted on Deadline as saying during a news conference today. Apparently, the dispute over the fees has been going for a while. Now the City of Angeles wants Time Warner to pay up.
Time Warner reportedly responded to the suit by claiming it is “… without merit.” Meanwhile, this latest bout of trouble in the Southland comes at a time when a lot of Dodger fans are ticked off at Time Warner as well.
Time Warner has a huge 25-year $8.35 billion dollar deal to run the new Dodgers channel “SportsNet LA.” However, many of the other pay-T.V. distributors are refusing to carry the channel because Time Warner charges they say are way too high. Also, this means for the first time, Dodger fans will not be able to watch some of the games for free on KCAL channel 9. So this is not a happy situation for Dodger fans.