DirecTV-Lifetime Trial Set


A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles has set a June 12 trial date for DirecTV Inc.’s breach-of-contract suit against Lifetime Television.

Earlier this week, the court also scheduled a Sept. 11 hearing on the satellite provider’s motion to compel Lifetime to produce documents and respond to interrogatories.

DirecTV is withholding monthly per-subscriber license fees from Lifetime for its networks as a result of the lawsuit, which was filed in March. The distributor hasn’t forked over any money to the women’s network since December.

DirecTV claims that Lifetime reneged on a deal to pay $200 to EchoStar Communications’ Dish Network subscribers who switched over to DirecTV early this year. Lifetime extended the $200 offer after it was dropped, for about a month, from Dish during a contract dispute.