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Appeals Court Ruling Favors CBS in Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a previous ruling it issued that dismissed a $550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl.

The three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Philadelphia determined the FCC improperly penalized CBS because it had not announced a change to its policy regarding indecency until it fined the network, according to Bloomberg.

The appeals court previously tossed out the fine in 2008, but the Supreme Court told it to reconsider the case the following year in light of a separate but related case involving Fox.

As you'll recall, Justin Timberlake briefly exposed Janet Jackson's nipple during their performance in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, in an incident which introduced the world to the term "wardrobe malfunction."

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