Cablevision files defamation suit against CWA

Charges union with efforts to discredit, libel company
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Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) sued the Communications Workers of America, alleging the union has "engaged in an unlawful campaign to discredit and libel Cablevision and its business."

The lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 26 in the New York State Supreme Court in Nassau County, complains about CWA claiming that the Internet speeds Cablevision delivers to customers in Brooklyn are 25 percent slower than the speeds it delivers to subscribers in the Bronx. Cablevision also complains about CWA "robocalls" to subscribers impacted by Hurricane Sandy in which the union told subscribers how to request credits for outages that resulted from the storm. In addition, the lawsuit details how CWA disrupted a charity fundraiser on Dec. 6 in New York for the Lustgarten Foundation, which was created by Cablevision in 1999, shortly before former Cablevision vice chairman Marc Lustgarten died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Cablevision technicians and dispatchers based in Brooklyn voted last January to join CWA. But in August, Cablevision employees in the Bronx rejected a proposal to join the union. CWA has ratcheted up its campaign against Cablevision since it lost the vote in the Bronx.

"The CWA Union has acted in a deceptive and libelous manner with the deliberate intention of harming Cablevision, misleading our customers and injuring the reputation of our company. It is outrageous that the CWA and its Local 1109, which represents a small number of employees in one Cablevision facility in Brooklyn, would resort to these actions as part of a malicious campaign to intimidate our company," Cablevision said in a prepared statement.

For more:
- see the release

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