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OAN loses key ruling in suit claiming DirecTV broke deal by dropping network

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One America News Network’s owner lost a key ruling in a lawsuit against DirecTV over the TV provider’s decision to drop OAN from its channel lineup. OAN-owner Herring Networks had sued DirecTV and its owner AT&T in March 2022, claiming breach of contract.

The lawsuit always seemed like an uphill battle for Herring Networks because DirecTV didn’t take OAN off the air while they still had a carriage agreement. Instead, DirecTV waited until the carriage agreement expired and chose not to renew it.

Most of OAN’s claims were thrown out in a ruling issued last week by Judge John Meyer of California Superior Court in San Diego County. DirecTV had filed an anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) motion to strike the Herring Networks complaint; DirecTV’s motion was granted in part and denied in part.

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