Judge orders Altice USA to maintain 'Status Quo' staffing at News 12 in lawsuit
In a court order dated February 13, the Honorable Joseph Slights III, Judge, Court of Chancery, State of Delaware, ordered Altice USA to maintain "Status Quo" staffing levels at News 12 for the remainder of the lawsuit and scheduled trial for September 4 - 6, announced the Dolan Family. The ruling prohibits Altice from reducing positions for News 12 staff until the matter is resolved by the Court. The order states, "During the pendency of this Action in this Court, Altice shall not terminate any News 12 employee other than (i) for actual, bona fide cause or (ii) after first obtaining prior permission from the Court." In a separate action on February 13, the Court scheduled a hearing for April 22 regarding the Altice USA motion to dismiss the case. Plaintiffs note that the motion to dismiss is a routine legal maneuver frequently attempted by defendants. Plaintiffs fully anticipated the motion and will vigorously oppose it. The Dolan v. Altice USA lawsuit contends that Altice must maintain staffing levels based on commitments it made when it acquired News 12 in 2016. Altice is no stranger to lawsuits, with records showing Altice as a party to 235 lawsuits worldwide for the three years 2016 to 2018.