Clear Channel Communications has filed a $3 million countersuit against Infinity Broadcasting and Howard Stern's One Twelve Inc.

Clear Channel Communications has filed a $3 million countersuit against Infinity Broadcasting and Howard Stern's One Twelve Inc.

The action, filed today (July 21) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges breach of contract, stating that some of Stern's shows were not in compliance with federal regulations, as required in the contracts between Stern and Clear Channel.

The suit also alleges that the contracts stipulated that Clear Channel couldn't alter the show, making them powerless to delete unlawful content before it aired.

Clear Channel dropped Stern's show from six of its affiliates several months ago.

One Twelve and Infinity hit Clear Channel with a $10 million breach-of-contract suit on June 30. That action said Clear Channel violated its contract by failing to notify the plaintiffs that Stern's show was being dropped. One Twelve and Infinity also claim that they are owed license fees.

"The radio show was pulled because Mr. Stern and infinity refused to assure us that future programs would conform to the law," Clear Channel chief legal officer Andy Levin says in a statement. "That was a key term in the agreement, and we gave them every opportunity to make good on their word before we permanently retired the show. We simply weren't willing to put the future of our radio licenses in the hands of Mr. Stern or Infinity. Fortunately, our contract doesn't require us to do that."

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