ABC appealed a $1.24 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, arguing that the decision was "arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law; contrary to the Communications Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the commission’s own rules, standards and precedents; and unconstitutional."
The FCC fined the network over a February 2003 episode of “NYPD Blue,” in which a female actress was shown on screen partially naked.
ABC opposed the fines but paid them in order to make the decision eligible for an appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan (2nd Cir.).