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Netflix, Hulu Face First Certified Franchise Fee Class

July 13, 2022, 6:52 PM

Missouri municipalities may team up to seek video service provider fees from streaming companies Netflix Inc. and Hulu LLC, a state trial court ruled.

Judge Ellen Hannigan Ribaudo of the Missouri Circuit Court of St. Louis County certified a class of over 400 municipalities that want to charge the streaming giants the same franchise fees levied on cable TV companies under the state Video Service Providers Act.

Ribaudo, in an order released Tuesday, said class certification ensures uniform interpretation of the act, preserves resources, and provides finality for the claims.

The case is one of a ...