TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 21, 2012

Broadcasters anticipating a major constitutional ruling on the government's authority to regulate the airwaves instead won "the smallest of Supreme Court victories" today, reports the Associated Press. The justices unanimously threw out fines imposed on Fox and ABC saying they could not have known in advance that isolated incidents of profanity and nudity would give rise to penalties of nearly $1.24 million. The case against the broadcasters was based on a new FCC policy, but the justices agreed that the agency had not adequately explained the new policy before beginning to enforce it. WSMV has the story