AUSTIN – The list of Texas cities seeking to sue Netflix, Hulu,
Disney and other streamers over franchise fees continues to grow.
Documents obtained by The Record show the city of Mesquite sent a contingent fee agreement to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for approval on Oct. 4.
Since the start of 2021, more than a half dozen Texas cities have
sought approval from the OAG to press forward with their franchise fee
suits against the streaming video service providers (VSPs).
And like the cities before them, Mesquite is also represented by
the same three law firms - Ashcroft Sutton Reyes, McKool Smith, and
The other Texas cities seeking to sue Netflix and the other
streamers include Dallas, Plano, Waco, Abilene, Carrollton, Frisco and
Like cable providers, the cities are arguing that streaming VSPs
are also required to pay 5 percent of their gross revenues under the
Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act.