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May 28, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Powell, new FCC nominees approved by U.S. Senate
Washington-The Senate on Friday unanimously approved the nomination of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell for a new term at the agency. The Senate also confirmed three other Bush administration nominees to the agency: Republicans Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin Martin, and Democrat Michael Copps.
Federal judge in WWF’s corner over lawsuit
Stamford, Conn.-A federal judge on Friday rejected a motion by the Parents Television Council to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment. It was decided by U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin that there is sound legal basis for the suit WWFE filed in November, which charges the PTC with defamation, tortious interference and copyright infringement.
The PTC had claimed that “WWF Smackdown!” contributed to the deaths of four children. As a result, more than 30 advertisers pulled ads from the show. WWFE said the defendants made false claims in order to damage the company. Judge Chin wrote that the PTC and other defendants named in the suit do not have the right to make such false and defamatory statements under cover of the First Amendment.
Stillman’s `Survivor’
case hit by setback
Los Angeles-In a potential blow to former “Survivor” contestant Stacey Stillman’s lawsuit against CBS and series creator Mark Burnett, newly released depositions of fellow castaways Dirk Been and Dr. Sean Kenniff refute her allegations of manipulation of the vote that kicked her off the island during the show’s original run last summer.
Under questioning from Ms. Stillman’s attorney as to whether he had been “strong-armed” by Mr. Burnett and other “Survivor” producers to vote her off the island, Mr. Been answered “no.”
He also said he hadn’t been coerced or manipulated to vote against Ms. Stillman. Mr. Been said his vote would not have changed the outcome banishing her because the vote against Ms. Stillman was 5 to 2.
Dr. Kenniff’s deposition also disputed assertions of manipulation or coercion. In an April 30, 2001, declaration with the court, Dr. Kenniff testified that he repeatedly advised Ms. Stillman that her allegations were false.
TiVo shares soar 32 percent
on news of patent approvals
San Jose, Calif.-TiVo, a company that produces personal video recorders and develops television program recommendation engines, won several new patent approvals last week from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patents, which cover different aspects of TiVo’s personal video recording technologies, were received with fanfare on Wall Street. On Friday, TiVo stock rose 32 percent to close at $11.21 per share-65 percent higher than its 52-week low of $3.97. However, the stock continued to lag well below its 52-week high of $37.50.