published Friday, August 15th, 2014

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions in Current TV purchase

In this Jan. 13, 2012, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV chairman and co-founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.
In this Jan. 13, 2012, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV chairman and co-founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.
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LOS ANGELES — Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

David Boies, Gore's attorney, said in a statement that Al Jazeera America "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago." He said the suit was filed in Delaware Court of Chancery on Friday.

Al Jazeera America didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Qatar-owned news channel took over Current TV's signal last August and hired a slew of U.S. TV news veterans like Soledad O'Brien and John Seigenthaler. It is available in nearly 60 million U.S. homes.

Gore and co-founder and former Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt each had 20 percent stakes in Current, while Comcast Corp. had less than a 10 percent stake. Another major investor in Current TV was supermarket magnate and entertainment industry investor Ron Burkle.

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