Cox Communications wins order overturning $1 billion US copyright verdict

By Thomson Reuters Feb 20, 2024 | 8:53 AM

By Blake Brittain

(Reuters) – Cox Communications, the cable television and Internet service provider, convinced a U.S. appeals court to throw out a $1 billion jury verdict in favor of several major record labels that had accused it of failing to curb user piracy, setting the stage for a new trial on the matter.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia ruled on Tuesday that the amount of damages was not justified and that a federal district court should hold a new trial to determine the appropriate amount.

A Virginia jury in 2019 found Cox, the largest unit of privately owned Cox Enterprises, liable for its customers’ violations of over 10,000 copyrights belonging to labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.

(Reporting by Blake Brittain; Editing by David Bario)