Cinema Chain Wins Dismissal Of Antitrust Case

Law360 (January 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of a New York City movie theater alleging that a giant theater chain unfairly controlled the market through its booking practices.

U.S. Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled Monday that the owners of the Village East movie theater had failed to prove their case, and granted the only remaining defendant's motion for summary judgment.

In his 38-page opinion, Crotty said that factual support for Village East's theory of illegal licensing agreements for film showings was too hard to pin down. "Plaintiffs argue that because they do not get as many first-run top...

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