Analysis

DOJ Calls 'Cut!' On Film Studio Restraints

Law360 (November 27, 2019, 11:52 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division announced in November it will scrap longstanding court mandates that forced some of the largest film studios to sell their theaters and put restrictions on the way they book films. The DOJ said the orders are no longer necessary, citing changes in the industry and in the way Americans consume entertainment.

Although some say lifting the restrictions will have little practical impact in the remade entertainment landscape, others say the deregulatory move will make it even harder for independent theaters to compete against powerful corporate-owned multiplex chains. Here, Law360 looks at why the DOJ...

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