DirecTV Can't Dodge Marketer's $84M Antitrust Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (October 9, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court on Friday refused to throw out an $83.7 million lawsuit claiming DirecTV Inc. suddenly ended a marketer’s contract and conspired to restrain trade by wrongfully forcing the company to hand over its assets in a fire sale.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Rico correctly denied DirecTV’s motion to end the suit on free speech grounds, the three-judge appellate panel ruled Friday, saying the lawsuit by marketer Basic Your Best Buy Inc. is based on more than DirecTV’s statutorily protected threats of...
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