Kansas Man Sues Time Warner Over Cable Boxes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A suburban Kansas City man has sued Time Warner Cable over the monthly fee the company charges to rent a cable box.

Matthew Meeds of Fairway, Kan., says he'd like to buy a cable box of his own choosing, but he and other customers must rent the boxes from Time Warner in order to get premium channels.

Meeds filed the antitrust suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., against Time Warner Cable and its 84 percent owner, Time Warner Inc.

The suit says that by linking the provision of premium channels to rental of the boxes, the companies have established illegal tying arrangements. It seeks class-action status on behalf of Time Warner customers in Kansas who purchase premium cable services from the company.

Time Warner said it hadn't seen the lawsuit and declined comment.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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