Verizon Avoids Antitrust Claims Over Infrastructure Access

Law360, New York (December 1, 2011, 7:53 PM EST) -- A New York appeals court refused Thursday to revive Optical Communications Group Inc.'s claims that Verizon Communication Inc.'s local unit committed fraud and conspired with another company to anti-competitively restrict Optical's contracted access to Verizon's cable infrastructure.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York upheld a ruling dismissing Optical's fraud and state antitrust counterclaims in Verizon's breach of contract suit. The judges concluded that the fraud allegations essentially duplicated Optical's breach of contract counterclaims and further ruled that Verizon couldn't have conspired to...
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