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Mesquite joins list of Texas cities seeking to sue Netflix and other streamers over franchise fees
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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 Korein Tillery.

The other Texas cities seeking to sue Netflix and the other streamers include Dallas, Plano, Waco, Abilene, Carrollton, Frisco and Garland. 

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. 

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