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Comcast Settles P2P Suit for $16 Million

The claimants in the case receive $16 each, but the modest $16 million settlement is just a preview of more legal action to come over the ISP's network management practices.

Comcast has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit stemming from its alleged blocking of peer-to-peer traffic, agreeing to pay up to $16 million to a group of plaintiffs in a case that consolidated multiple actions against the cable giant.

For individual claimants, however, the payout is capped at $16.

A U.S. District Court judge in Pennsylvania's Eastern District granted preliminary approval for the settlement, which takes a modest step toward resolving complaints that Comcast offered specific upload and download speeds, but then secretly throttled legal P2P file transfers.

The larger issues of Comcast's network management practices, and the action federal regulators took against the provider in 2008, are still playing out in a federal appeals court in Washington.

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