Comcast, along with a group of subscribers, won preliminary approval from a federal judge who signed off on their antitrust deal to resolve connecting premium subscriptions to cable box rentals, with payouts mostly limited to customers who opted out of an arbitration clause.

The judge only granted preliminary approval, preferring to wait to make class certification final until after proposed class members have been notified. Judge Brody said, “In light of the risks attendant with this litigation, the settlement agreement provides sufficient compensation to putative class members." According to the ruling, the $15.5M will be given out based on whether or not a class member is still a Comcast subscriber and the length of the subscription. Judge Brody held that the difference between current and former subscribers is not “inequitable.”

Comcast is represented by Norm Goldberger and Matthew White of Ballard Spahr.

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