Verizon Wants Local Carrier's Antitrust Suit Nixed

Law360, New York (November 7, 2011, 6:08 PM EST) -- Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday asked a Florida federal court to toss bankrupt telephone service provider Astro Tel Inc.'s lawsuit accusing the company of abusing its control of telecommunications infrastructure to obstruct AstroTel’s ability to serve its subscribers.

The telecommunications giant claimed in its motion to dismiss the case that AstroTel's Sherman Act allegations must fail because the U.S. Supreme Court has barred antitrust claims alleging insufficient access to elements of an incumbent local telephone company's network.

The motion further maintains that AstroTel did not sufficiently...
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