A U.S. District Court judge in California rejected a motion by an Adelphia
Communications Corp. affiliate to move a local franchising dispute to bankruptcy
court in New York.
Judge Virginia Phillips said the dispute between Century-TCI California and
its partners, AT&T Broadband and Comcast Corp., is based on interpretation
of state law and belongs in state court.
The dispute has been closely watched by Moreno Valley city regulators, who've
been rebuffed in their attempts to participate in the Adelphia bankruptcy
proceedings. Local officials pleaded to the court to participate as debtors in
order to protect the rights of local subscribers, but they were told that the
law doesn't apply to government entities.
The dispute with the then-Adelphia franchise was triggered by the AT&T
Broadband-Comcast merger. Century-TCI is a partnership between the Adelphia
affiliate and the other operators.
Century-TCI owns 75 percent of the system and managed the operation in the
142,000-population Riverside County town.