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Attorney Gary Files Lawsuit Against City of Greensboro

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Greensboro, N.C. – Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary along with his legal team James Leonard Brown of Los Angeles, California and Michael Jones of Durham, North Carolina announced the filing of a multi-million dollar discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit on behalf of Michael and Ramona Woods and Black Network Television against the City of Greensboro, North Carolina.  The lawsuit was filed in Guilford County.

The lawsuit details the irreparable damage and harm that the City of Greensboro’s bad business dealings caused Michael and Ramona Woods and Black Network Television.  The Woods are suing the City of Greensboro for discrimination and losses related to an economic development loan from the City that was approved on June 18, 2013, and then reneged on one month later by a City Council vote of 6 to 3.  The lawsuit outlines the claim for damages caused by the denial of the promised funds.  The loan was slated for network operations, including production of a new national comedy series titled, “Whatcha Cookin’?”

“The City of Greensboro’s discriminatory acts crushed our client’s dream,” said Gary. “Michael and Ramona Woods discussed with various city officials what a successful minority owned Greensboro-based television network would mean to the community in terms of job creation, skills and training and economic development.  As a result, the Woods’ put full trust and confidence in the City’s promise to grant the economic development loan, only to be misled, misguided, deceived and discriminated against,” continued Gary.  “It isn’t right and we will not stand for it!”

“Black Network Television is a strong voice in this community, and we must address the injustice of this situation,” said Michael Woods. “Black Network Television tells stories that other stations don’t tell and focuses on people and communities that are often overlooked on other network and cable media outlets.”  Longtime business owners in the Triad region, Woods and his wife launched the television network in 2011.

Black Network Television’s mission is to be a voice of a people that has not been heard, show a picture of a people that has not been shown, and tell a story of a people that has not been told.  Currently, the network serves 28 counties in North Carolina and Virginia, reaching more than 4.2 million viewers.  For more information, and follow the story online using the hashtag, #bntnews.

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