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May 27 2014

Lawsuit against Renda Broadcasting closed

Last summer we told you about Nielsen’s (then Arbitron) lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based Renda Broadcasting’s Jacksonville cluster. Arbitron claimed that multiple employees were gaining access to the ratings from agency sources. Renda dropped their subscription to the ratings in 2010. Three employees – WGNE’s sales manager, WEJZ’s morning host, and the cluster’s operations manager were accused of “illicitly obtaining” data between May 2011 and December 2012. Tom Taylor (e-mail subscription only) reports today that the case has been dismissed “with prejudice” meaning it cannot be refiled. Both Nielsen and Renda are responsible for their own court costs and legal fees.