Verizon Says Defunct Rival Can't Prove Antitrust Claims

Law360, New York (August 1, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT) -- Verizon Communications Inc. urged a Florida federal judge Wednesday to kill a lawsuit from Astro Tel Inc., arguing the defunct telephone service provider can't come close to proving that Verizon breached racketeering and antitrust laws by abusing its control of the state's telephone infrastructure.

Astro Tel, which purchased wholesale landline telephone service from Verizon's incumbent network, has claimed the company tried to snuff out competitors by limiting their ability to use necessary facilities and by making disparaging statements to customers. 

But Verizon said the smaller company...
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