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News | 03/11/2004 5:00 am EST

Shaw sues CTV for millions, claiming it overpaid wholesale fees
Shaw Cablesystems launched a lawsuit earlier this year against CTV Inc. in an attempt to reclaim almost $6.5 million it says it overpaid in wholesale fees to TSN and more than $1.9 million it paid to Discovery Channel. In court documents filed with the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in January, Shaw indicates that its affiliation agreement with CTV entitles it to discount its payments to the broadcaster for their signals in a manner that reflects the discounts "which Shaw provides its bulk transient and bulk residential customers from time to time." Shaw claims it overpaid CTV for its two channels as a result of an incorrect application of the discounts to amounts billed to Shaw by TSN and Discovery. "Despite repeated demands for payment, each of the defendants has refused, neglected or omitted, and continues to refuse, neglect or omit, to pay all or any portion of the said amounts owing to Shaw, and the same remain just debts wrongfully withheld," reads Shaw’s statement of claim. "Shaw claims the right to sell-off such amounts owing by the respective defendants against any current or future charges rendered to Shaw by the respective defendants," continues the statement of claim.

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