Viacom is warring with MCA in court over Viacom's new cable network TV Land, which launched Monday. Viacom and MCA are partners in USA Networks and have an agreement that neither would launch a network that could be seen as competition to USA Network or the Sci-Fi Channel. MCA was expected to file a lawsuit against Viacom Monday, charging that "TV Land" is in violation of the USA Networks agreement.
But Viacom announced Monday it had filed its own complaint against MCA in Delaware's Chancery Court, charging MCA is undermining USA Networks by pressuring Viacom to sell its stake in the joint venture. The spat comes after last week's announcement that MCA hired former top Viacom exec Frank Biondi as its new CEO.