The cable giant is asking the court to overturn the judgment or grant a new trial.
Cox Communications is asking a Virginia judge to toss out the record-setting $1 billion fine it was assessed in December after being found liable in a piracy case brought by Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI. The company is aggressively pursuing two avenues to wipe out the verdict, asking the judge to either overturn it as a matter a law or to grant them a new trial. The verdict, it says, is “a miscarriage of justice” that is “shockingly excessive and unlawfully punitive.”
The labels and their publishing entities brought their lawsuit against Cox in July 2018, when they accused the cable and internet service provider of turning a blind eye to pirates on its network. They alleged that Cox “deliberately refused to take reasonable measures” to combat copyright infringers, even after the company became aware of specific acts of infringement by its customers.
After a lengthy trial, Cox was found liable for the piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works by a U.S. District Court jury in Virginia on Dec. 19. The jury awarded $1 billion in statutory damages to the plaintiffs.