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US: Lawsuit against Landmark theaters moves forward

 |  October 2, 2018

A year ago, the Denver Film Society announced it would join an antitrust lawsuit against Landmark Theatres; the indie film giant responded with a request for the case to be dismissed. Monday, October 1, the Film Society announced that part of Landmark’s request has been denied and the case will continue on in the courts.

The claim accuses Landmark Theatres of violating federal antitrust laws by preventing smaller arthouse theaters from screening certain films by negotiating exclusive contracts with distributors.

In a September 28 opinion, Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote that he dropped some parts of the case based on Landmark’s request, but is allowing others to continue in court.

“We’re pleased with the court’s decision in favor of our lawsuit moving forward,” said the Denver Film Society’s executive director, Andrew Rodgers, in a statement. “While we know there will be additional steps in the legal process, we’re confident that Landmark’s anticompetitive practices are unlawful, including Landmark’s insistence on exclusive rights to screen specialty films that eliminate local competition for those films despite consumer demand.”

Full Content: Westword

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