U.S. District Judge John Padova, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, yesterday granted a motion to certify a class of Philadelphia-area cable subscribers. The decision allows the class to prosecute antitrust claims against Comcast for allocating cable markets with competitors and attempting to monopolize the Philadelphia market for cable subscribers. Behrend v. Comcast Corp., No. 03-6604 (E.D. Pa. May 2, 2007). See the court’s 35-page Memorandum and its class certification Order here.
The litigation before the court also involves similar claims on behalf of cable subscribers in Comcast’s Boston and Chicago clusters. Blawgletter’s firm serves as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.