Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Blockbuster's antitrust counterclaims go forward

Judge lets Blockbuster antitrust suit go forward

A federal judge in San Francisco has allowed video rental giant to proceed with antitrust claims against online rival Netflix, which has sued Blockbuster for alleged patent violations. Netflix had asked the court to dismiss Blockbuster's countersuit, to split the two lawsuits into separate proceedings, and to postpone discovery on the antitrust lawsuit until its patent claims are resolved. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected on Tuesday all three motions, saying Blockbuster "adequately pled its antitrust counterclaims" and that Netflix did not show it would be harmed by allowing both sets of claims to proceed together.


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