Federal Court to rule on Seven Network's appeal over collusion case
Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday November 28, 2009
A FULL bench of the Federal Court will hand down its decision next week in the Seven Network's appeal over its comprehensive loss in the $200 million C7 trade practices suit.The appeal, which was heard over 13 days in 2008, involved a smaller group of opponents than the 22 named in Seven's original case alleging a collusion to run its pay television arm, C7 Pty Ltd, out of business.The respondents to the appeal are News Limited, Consolidated Media Holdings, Telstra, Sky Cable and Foxtel. Foxtel is owned by Telstra and Sky Cable, itself a joint venture of News and Consolidated Media Holdings.In the original suit, Seven also targeted Optus, the Ten Network, the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby League, the National Rugby League and various subsidiaries of News, Consolidated Media and Telstra.In a 1160-page judgment handed down in 2007, Justice Ronald Sackville rejected all of Seven's claims and criticised the cost to the court of the 120-day hearing. Seven spent $100 million on lawyers and expert witnesses and paid about 60 per cent of the costs of its successful opponents.The court has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday morning to publish the decisions.