A mistrial has been declared in an age-discrimination lawsuit filed against NBCUniversal by former NBC News producer Frank Snepp. Deadline.com reports that Judge Stephen Moloney declared a mistrial Dec. 24 after the jury indicated it was deadlocked.
The announcement “comes after NBC failed in its attempt on December 21 to scuttle the whole thing and have a mistrial declared then. Now it looks like the jury did NBC’s job for them — at least for now,” Deadline reports.
Snepp, 72, is a former CIA analyst and award-winning producer who worked for NBC News. He “first sued the media giant and parent company Comcast for a wide range of unspecified damages on October 1, 2013 claiming that he had been dropped from LA affiliate KNBC in late 2012 due to his age,” the story reports.
Snepp’s attorney Suzelle M. Smith is quoted saying after the mistrial: “We look forward to trying the case again as soon as possible. During trial due in part to the press coverage we have learned even more about NBC’s discriminatory conduct towards its older employees. Mr. Snepp and his legal team are committed to seeing justice done no matter how long it takes. ”