And if the FCC got hit hard by Allen and NAAAOM, Charter and its execs really took a blow.

“At the direction of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Rutledge, Defendant Charter Communications has intentionally excluded African-American-owned media companies, including Plaintiff Entertainment Studios, from contracting for carriage on its television distribution platform,” the complaint adds. “Rutledge did this himself and by and through his subordinates, including Allan Singer, Senior Vice President of Programming at Charter,” the 27-page filing notes, calling Rutledge, “a blatant racist.”

Today’s filing is the second such suit that Allen and NAAAOM have in the courts against the telecommunications giants right now. A $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable was originally filed February 23, then dismissed by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. on August 7, and then revived by him on August 19. On September 21, Allen and NAAAOM filed an amended complaint, which Comcast asked to be dismissed on October 21. While the matter is still before the courts, TWC was dismissed as a defendant from the case last fall with its merger with Comcast stopped short. Called a “token” and mentioned repeatedly in today’s suit, Al Sharpton and his National Action Network exited from the Comcast case in September. The NAACP and the Urban League also were dropped from the ongoing Comcast suit late last year.

As they did in the AT&T and DirecTV suit and are in the Comcast case, Louis “Skip” Miller’s Miller Barondess LLP is representing Allen’s ESN and NAAAOM in this matter.

Source: Deadline