Law firm files suit against NDTV, demands $1.7mn as “unpaid” fees. NDTV terms plaint “frivolous”

12 Jun,2013

By A Correspondent

 

It may not have any impact on the law suit that NDTV has filed on television measurement practices, but it merits mention given that it concerns a leading Indian broadcast network.

 

According to unverified information made available to MxMIndia, law firm Sabharwal & Finkel, LLC has sought ‘quantum meruit’ damages from New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) for “unpaid legal services” provided by S&F to NDTV. The amount the law firm has demanded is USD One million seven hundred thousand dollars ($1,700,000).

 

As per the law suit document filed at the US District Court Southern District of New York, S&F and NDTV had entered into a retainer agreement duty from May 25, 2012. The services were rendered till April 22, 2013 on the which date NDTV is said to have officially terminated its engagement with S&F. The termination notice is reported to have noted that S&F will not be entitled to fees regardless of the judgment in the case.

 

The legal document filed (on June 4) further states that another law firm named Pepper Hamilton LLP has now been given charge of the earlier case on television measurement practices. A copy of the law suit is available with MxMIndia. However, as mentioned earlier, it has not been verified by either S&F, NDTV or information available online on the Court’s website.

 

Meanwhile, when MxMIndia asked the NDTV spokesperson on whether the company, we received a statement saying: “NDTV has not yet been served with the complaint and will review it in due course with its lawyers after being served. NDTV strongly believes that this complaint is frivolous and without merits.  NDTV intends to fight it vigorously and will pursue all causes of action and remedies it may have against these plaintiffs.” Mr Ravi Sabharwal of the law firm S&F could not be reached at the time of writing.

 

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