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Clark King wants Time Warner Cable to pay for unsuccessfully suing him for
cable theft.

A 20-year subscriber to Time Warner's Raleigh, N.C., system, King told
Multichannel News Day he terminated service in 1999, after his wife
complained that he was watching too much TV.

But King continued to receive basic channels on his cable-ready TV. And
during an audit this year, Time Warner employees allegedly found -- and twice
severed -- improper connections.

"I have no explanation, absolutely none at all [for the alleged
connections]," said King, a local president of a federal engineers' union.

Time Warner demanded that King pony up $10,000, and he opted to go to court
rather than paying. In November, a Shelby County, Tenn., judge ruled in King's

Now, King is suing Time Warner for malicious prosecution and violation of
state fair-debt-collection practices in a Shelby County court.

Time Warner spokesman Mark Harrad said the MSO doesn't comment on