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It’s not just China that wanted most-favored-nation status. In an October arbitration, Comcast ABB Management Corporation successfully argued that it was entitled to a more favorable pricing scheme because of an “MFN” provision in its contract with customer service provider CSG Systems International, Inc. As a result, Comcast ABB picked up roughly $120 million in damages, and saved about $400 million over the life of the contract. It was Comcast ABB’s largest award in a dispute with a vendor. The contract covers customer and billing services provided by CSG to Comcast ABB, the Philadelphia-based company formerly known as AT&T Broadband. John Gibbons, a former Third Circuit appellate judge who arbitrated the dispute, ruled that going forward, Englewood, Colorado�based CSG must charge Comcast ABB no more than market rate for its services. Gibbons also confirmed Comcast ABB’s right to terminate the contract with CSG at any time � as long as Comcast ABB pays a $44 million fee, and CSG returns customer data and provides transition services. CSG has sought modification of the award, claiming that a calculation error increased the award by as much as $60 million. For Comcast ABB Management Corporation (Philadelphia) In-house: Executive vice president and general counsel Terry Bienstock and senior counsel Adam Eaton. White & Case (New York): Karen Asner, Michael Shuster, and associates Mehtap Cevher, Sherryl Dickey, Dana Foster, Jonathan Grant, Andrew Hammond, David Hille, Stephanie Marrie, John Murphy, Zita Sheehan, Gregory Starner, James Sullivan, Teresa Sullivan, Daniel Tan, Sean Wang, and Howard Wizenfeld. (The firm took over this matter from Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott in December 2002. Shuster has done work for Comcast Holdings Corporation, the client’s parent company.) For CSG Systems International, Inc. (Englewood, Colorado) In-house: Vice president and general counsel Joseph Ruble. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (New York): John Baughman, Martin Flumenbaum, Roberta Kaplan, and associates Anna Arreola, Samuel Bonderoff, Joanna Hendon, Andrew Tauber, and James Wheaton. (CSG is a longtime client of Flumenbaum.)

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