Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

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A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Experts Weigh Disney-Fox Antitrust Concerns

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That the Department of Justice is formally contesting AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could signal an uphill battle for Disney and Fox. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies THR Online

Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit

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The legal action follows one that Landmark itself brought last year against Regal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Netflix Antitrust Lawsuit Tossed By Judge

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Eriq Gardner Class action plaintiffs won't be able to pursue allegations that Netflix violated antitrust laws by making an agreement with Walmart. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Netflix

NFL's $12 Billion Deal With DirecTV Faces Major Antitrust Lawsuit

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A class action proposes to represent bars and restaurants who pay for broadcasts of out-of-market football games. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

WME dragged into Live Nation antitrust case

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By Eriq Gardner EXCLUSIVE: Does the William Morris Endeavor talent agency hold the key to proving that Live Nation is guilty of an antitrust conspiracy? Tags: Antitrust Contracts & Riders Dealmaking Litigation Music Representation One company thinks so. My Ampitheater Inc., is asking a California judge to compel WME.

Live Nation Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Dispute

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"Big is not necessarily bad," writes the 4th Circuit in a case that examined whether the concert giant coerced performing artists. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

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Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

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AT&T Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over "Exorbitant" Price Being Charged for Sports Network

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En-Touch Systems flags AT&T's use of a most favored nation clause in a deal with its subsidiary as allegedly restraining competition. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Rejects Antitrust Lawsuit Over Studio Antipoaching Pacts

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Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Animation are able to dismiss a class action lawsuit from visual effects workers who alleged being denied better work opportunities via a conspiracy. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

How Google Took Over the Justice Department Antitrust Division: Renata Hesse’s Timeline

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Hesse was appointed to oversee the sections of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was recently appointed to oversee the entire Antitrust Division. Section Chief, Antitrust Division. Said to Waver on Antitrust Case Against Google ”.

MLB Faces Antitrust Trial Over Telecasts: Are Small-Market Clubs Doomed By Cord-Cutters?

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MLB, its 30 teams, DirecTV and Comcast will soon be defending the status quo in a class action that aims to shake up how telecasts of games are distributed. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN Escape Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Broadcast Deals

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The outcome of a now consolidated complaint against the NFL and DirecTV will nonetheless be impactful to TV networks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Baseball Fans Reach Settlement Over MLB Telecasts on Verge of Antitrust Trial

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MLB, its 30 teams, DirecTV and Comcast were defending a class action that aimed to shake up the status quo. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Apple Loses Appeal Over Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor

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Michael Bromwich raised hackles at Apple after being tasked to watch for antitrust abuse. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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Cobb Theatres Argues Jury Should Decide Antitrust Case Against AMC

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A judge will examine whether there's enough evidence for a trial. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket" Is Subject of Antitrust Lawsuit

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The class action follows similar cases over MLB and NHL telecast restrictions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Viacom, Cablevision Settle Antitrust Lawsuit Over Channel Bundling

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Cablevision alleged that the owner of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central tied these "must-have networks" with lesser ones. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Overturns $6.3 Million Jury Verdict in Cable TV Antitrust Case

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Cox Communications beats a lawsuit accusing it of tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Apple Loses Government's Antitrust Lawsuit Over E-Books

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New York judge says that Apple conspired with publishers to "eliminate retail price competition." read more. The Business THR, Esq. Tech Business

Regal Hit With New Antitrust Lawsuit Over Distribution of Blockbuster Movies

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A new complaint is filed in New York as the Justice Department conducts its own investigation. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Electronic Arts Settling Madden Football Antitrust Lawsuit

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Eriq Gardner Judge is told about possible settlement in case involving deals with the NFL and NCAA a day after the video game publisher files a notable SEC statement. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

Antitrust Challenge to TV Sports Deals Allowed to Move Forward

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In a surprising decision, a class action lawsuit alleging a "conspiracy" to keep out-of-market MLB and NHL games priced high has suddenly become a must-watch case. read more. The Business Sports THR, Esq. Television Business

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AMC Entertainment Fights Antitrust Claims Secretly Valued at Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

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The exhibition giant says it is really fighting "nine different cases in one" and that a proposed injunction would "materially impact AMC’s business throughout the United States." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Ticket Broker Claims Hollywood's Gated Events Amount to an Antitrust Conspiracy

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Craig Banaszewski files counterclaims in litigation with Disney, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. and Sony. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Netflix Beats Antitrust Class Action At Appeals Court

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No support for subscriber injuries from a Netflix-Walmart pact means the lawsuit falls like a collapsing house of cards. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

Comcast Wins Antitrust Appeal at U.S. Supreme Court

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Justice Antonin Scalia says that a lower court shouldn't have accepted an expert's opinion that Comcast's "clustering" in the Philly cable TV market added up to $875 million of damage to a class of plaintiffs. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Comcast Business

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Electronic Arts Fails to Dismiss Athletes' Antitrust Class Action

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Eriq Gardner Judge rules there's enough in allegations that EA has conspired to not pay former student-athletes to continue forward in the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business

Songwriter’s Equity Act Reintroduced – What Does It Propose?

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It is interesting that this bill was introduced during the same week that ASCAP announced its first year of billion dollar collection for songwriter’s public performance royalties, and at the same time that the Senate explores more comprehensive changes to the antitrust consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI through a hearing held last week, with the Department of Justice review of these decrees expected in the not too distant future (see our article here ).

Global Music Rights Takes Fire at Radio "Cartel"

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Dueling antitrust claims could shake the music industry. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Antitrust Lawsuit Accuses AMC Entertainment of Hurting Hispanic Community By Studio Pacts

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A Houston theater owner alleges it went out of business when the much-larger AMC threatened Warner, Sony, Paramount, Lionsgate, Disney and Universal. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Time Warner Cable Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Case

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The industry has been on the defensive about the expensive set-top boxes that customers rent in order to receive cable television services. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

CBS, Fox: Our NFL Broadcast Deals Are Exempt from Antitrust Review

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The networks are being sued for their role in an alleged conspiracy driving up the cost of out-of-market game telecasts. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Hollywood Agencies Escape Antitrust Claim Over TV Packaging Fees in Poaching Lawsuit

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A Friday ruling permits a talent boutique to pursue some allegations against UTA and ICM Partners read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online ICM

Justice Department Targets AT&T, DirecTV in Antitrust Lawsuit Over L.A. Dodgers TV Negotiations

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The action comes just as AT&T is to submit its $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner to regulators. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Mark Cuban's Landmark Theatres Demands Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit

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Facing litigation over art films, Landmark says the market is competitive with distributors and exhibitors making rational decisions. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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AT&T: Justice Department Hasn't Made Good Antitrust Case Over L.A. Dodgers TV Standoff

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Is information-sharing among competitors really illegal? Or is this like stealing baseball signs? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Comcast Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Ad Sales

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Viamedia says it has been excluded from interconnects that put geographic-based advertising on pay-tv networks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

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This new and abrupt change in the way the DOJ interprets the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees was brought about under the auspices of a former outside lawyer for Google who was installed as a senior official in the antitrust division of the DOJ.

AMC Accused of Coercing Film Distributors in Antitrust Lawsuit

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One Southeast movie theater chain says that as a result of AMC''s market power, it has been deprived of Sony Picture films and forced to make unfavorable deals with Warner Bros. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business