Court tosses Super Bowl indecency fine


A federal appeals court in Philadeliphia has thrown out the $550,000 fine that the FCC levied on CBS for Janet Jackson’s "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. The appeals court ruled Monday morning that the FCC "arbitrarily and capriciously" changed its previous exemption for the fleeting broadcast of indecent material. The three-judge panel also held that CBS was not responsible for the actions of Jackson and Justin Timberlake, who appeared in the live broadcast as "independent contractors."