HBO Pleads With Judge Not to Let a Jury Hear About Time Warner Billions

On Wednesday, a New York federal judge gave HBO a real reason to be concerned about the outcome of a trial examining whether a 2008 report about child labor in India defamed Mitre Sports International, one of the biggest soccer brands in the world. The trial is three weeks old and will be wrapping up tomorrow. Mitre is suing HBO for allegedly tarnishing its reputation through a Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel report that allegedly contained fabrications of children stitching soccer balls for pennies to pay off their parents' debt. What had Dane Butswinkas, attorney for HBO, seething in court this morning was the prospect that a jury could be hearing that Time Warner made $5.4 billion in revenue last year.