Supreme Court Indecency Ruling Beginning to Impact Current Cases

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Supreme Court Indecency Ruling Beginning to Impact Current Cases

by Anthony Caruso on October 11, 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding "fleeting expletives," the U.S. Department of Justice has dismissed an indecency lawsuit against Fox Broadcasting and four TV stations owned by the network. Fox was facing legal action after refusing to pay fines related to a 2003 episode of the show Married By America that featured strippers.

Although the DOJ did not expressly state why it was abandoning the suit, the Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations likely played a key role. The case centered on fines levied against Fox and ABC for what the FCC deemed offensive content.

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