Regal Theaters Escapes First-Run Films Antitrust Suit

By Michael Lipkin (October 24, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed an independent movie chain's antitrust suit accusing Regal Entertainment Group of using its market dominance to coerce film distributors into granting it exclusive film licenses, ruling the complaint was too vague to survive.

Starlight Cinemas Inc. sued Regal in June, claiming Regal extracted exclusive licenses for first-run movies in its Corona, California, theater, blocking Starlight from showing popular movies despite Starlight's offering distributors better financial terms.

Starlight alleged Regal leveraged several local monopolies to get favored access in areas where it had competition. Even if the threat was unspoken, distributors knew Regal could retaliate...

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