EchoStar Sues to Drop Fox Family

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Littleton, Colo.-EchoStar Communications Corp. last week filed suit in Denver against Fox Family Worldwide Inc. in an effort to extract itself from a $500,000 per-month contract to air Fox Family Channel on its Dish Network service. The direct-broadcast satellite company claims changes in Fox Family's ownership give EchoStar the right to cancel the contract.

A Fox Family spokeswoman said Friday that the network has a valid contract with EchoStar that it expects the courts to enforce.

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