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Janet Jackson legal case dropped
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Jackson was exposed during a routine with Justin Timberlake
A US woman seeking millions of dollars in damages for viewers of Janet Jackson's live Super Bowl performance has withdrawn her legal action.

Terri Carlin sought "maximum" compensation from the singer and co-star Justin Timberlake for their "lewd" exposure of Jackson's breast.

Ms Carlin also wanted broadcaster CBS, MTV and Viacom to compensate up to 80 million US TV viewers.

The legal action was withdrawn in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Monday.

Ms Carlin will wait to see if broadcasters and regulators are able to clean up television themselves, and in withdrawing the action Ms Carlin retains the right to refile her case.

The court papers revealed the law firm handling the case, Ritchie, Fels and Dillard, had been inundated with calls from parents around the country who wanted to join the action.

It also stated that Ms Carlin recognised that any damages awarded would have been "nominal" given the number of potential claimants.

But it also noted that the potential cost to the broadcasters would make them more cautious about violating any regulations.

The Federal Communications Commission, the US broadcasting watchdog, received 200,000 complaints following Jackson and Timberlake's Super Bowl performance.

The repercussions are still being felt by broadcasters which are now opting to use time delays for live events, including the Oscars at the end of this month.

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