Video Rental Giants Face Off

Law360, New York (June 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Video rental giant Blockbuster Inc. is fighting back against online rival Netflix, filing a countersuit Tuesday that claims its competitor is trying to monopolize the movie rental market by using unenforceable patents.

"There is nothing original about renting movies or subscription rental programs,” said Marshall B. Grossman of Alschuler Grossman, Stein & Kahan in Los Angeles, the firm representing Blockbuster in the litigation. “Both were widely practiced long before any purported invention by Netflix. For Netflix to claim exclusive rights over subscription movie rentals is like...
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