Netflix, Wal-Mart Move To Trim DVD Rental MDL

Law360, New York (July 21, 2009, 8:51 PM EDT) -- In a bid to trim multidistrict litigation accusing Netflix Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of conspiring to divide the online DVD rental market, the companies have denounced the so-called speculative nature of claims brought by subscribers to Blockbuster Inc.’s online DVD rental service.

In a motion to dismiss filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Netflix and Wal-Mart argued that the Blockbuster plaintiffs lacked antitrust standing.

“Plaintiffs’ alleged theory of harm — the so-called umbrella theory — is too...
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