Magazine article Screen International

AMC Heading for Potential Antitrust Trial after Texas Ruling

Magazine article Screen International

AMC Heading for Potential Antitrust Trial after Texas Ruling

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Now defunct Houston theatre alleged exhibition giant had clearance pacts with studios.

AMC Theaters

Exhibition giant AMC is on course for a potential antitrust trial after a Texas judge rejected its arguments to throw out a case by a now defunct Houston theatre.

Federal judge Arnold Bennett dismissed AMC’s motion for summary judgment in light of a 2015 case brought by Viva Cinemas Theaters that the major exhibitor has so-called clearance pacts with studios to ensure exclusive first-run screenings in a geographical region.

While AMC’s lawyers had claimed that ‘horizontal agreements’ between suppliers (film producers/studios) would be illegal, it argued in its motion for summary judgment that Viva had failed to provide sufficient evidence in this case that they existed. …

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