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Washington state attorney general files suit against Comcast

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday filed a $100 million lawsuit against Comcast, saying the cable and internet giant deceived customers into paying tens of millions of dollars in fees for a “near-worthless” service protection plan. Ferguson, who filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court, said at a news conference that in addition to its misleading service protection plan, Philadelphia-based Comcast committed more than 1.8 million violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act by charging improper service call fees and using improper credit screening practices.

Comcast profit slips due to fewer box-office hits

NEW YORK – Comcast’s second-quarter profit slipped because of fewer movie hits from its NBCUniversal film-and-TV arm, but it posted big gains in internet customers and its smallest video losses for a second quarter in at least a decade. While the number of traditional TV customers overall have been slipping – down about 2 million customers over the past three years, according to research firm SNL Kagan – big cable companies Comcast and Charter have been seeing improving trends, winning customers from competitors like Dish and AT&T U-verse.

Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation for about $3.55 billion

Comcast is buying DreamWorks Animation, the film company behind the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, for approximately $3.55 billion, strengthening its presence in the important and growing business of children’s entertainment.

Comcast chooses Liberty Lake site

Comcast has chosen Liberty Lake for its new customer service center. The Internet and cable TV company will build an 80,000-square-foot facility in the Meadowwood Technology Park, Comcast announced Wednesday.

Comcast must reveal commenter’s name

See, kids? This is why we must be careful with what we say on the old blog. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Comcast Cable Communications must identify an Internet-service subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday, affirming a lower court opinion. Potentially libelous online comments are an increasing source of concern. Commenters often hide behind the cloak of anonymity, seemingly untouchable. Don Craven, an attorney for the Illinois Press Association, said Thursday’s decision should make clear that Illinois, at least, will not tolerate such attempts at defamation.

Comcast to build Spokane call center, creating 675 jobs

Comcast will build a new call center in the Spokane area that brings 675 jobs to the region, the company announced Tuesday. The Internet and cable television company hasn’t selected the location but is looking at property in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, said Ken Watts, Comcast’s general manager in Spokane.

Comcast launches investment company

PHILADELPHIA – Michael Angelakis, the top Comcast Corp. executive who headed the negotiations for NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable Inc., will leave his post to head a new Comcast-controlled company that will invest in growth-oriented companies. The new company will be capitalized at $4.1 billion with Comcast as the only nonmanagement investor. The company will launch this year or in early 2016 with Angelakis investing $40 million of his money into the venture, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Dirt

Rosauers adding Suncrest store Spokane’s Rosauers Supermarkets is building a $3.1 million store in the Suncrest area in Stevens County.