AT&T Reaches At Home Litigation Settlement
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced that AT&T Corp. reached a settlement of certain At Home litigation. Comcast will pay AT&T Corp. $170 million to reimburse it for Comcast's portion of AT&T's settlement. Pursuant to the terms of its acquisition of AT&T Broadband from AT&T, Comcast is contractually liable for 50% of the $340 million settlement amount for these lawsuits, which are described below. The settlement also releases all claims by AT&T and AT&T Broadband in the At Home bankruptcy. The settlement is subject to the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
As Comcast noted in its April 28, 2005 press release, because this
settlement was reached prior to the filing of Comcast's Form 10-Q for the
first quarter 2005, it must reflect its portion of the settlement in its first
quarter earnings. Below are selected items from Comcast's release that
reflect the changes resulting from the payment obligation (amounts in millions
except per share data):
As Stated on As April 28, 2005 Updated Operating Cash Flow $2,030 $2,030 Operating Income $866 $866 Other Income (expense) $62 $(108) Income before Income Taxes and Minority Interest $460 $290 Net Income $313 $143 Diluted earnings per common share $0.14 $0.06
The lawsuits are: (i) a lawsuit filed against AT&T and others in Santa
Clara, California state court alleging various breaches of fiduciary duties,
misappropriation of trade secrets and other causes of action and (ii) an
action filed against AT&T in the District Court for the Northern District of
California alleging patent infringement. As part of the settlement, a lawsuit
filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court against AT&T, AT&T Broadband and
others seeking to recover alleged "preference" payments will be dismissed.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the
nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products
and services. With 21.5 million cable customers, 7.4 million high-speed
Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally
involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable
networks and in the delivery of programming content.
The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment
Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4, AZN
Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four Comcast SportsNets. The Company
also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings
include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA
basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
SOURCE Comcast Corporation