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Fish & Richardson:
The Agent of Change

June 3, 2016

Media Coverage

Fish & Richardson:
The Agent of Change

June 3, 2016

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On May 26, 2016, it was announced that four major Hollywood studios would no longer participate in the movie-booking “clearance” practice (see “Four Studios Won’t Honor Movie-Booking Practice,” The Wall Street Journal, May 26, 2016)  which dates back to a 1948 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Paramount Pictures. This landmark antitrust decision opened competition in the movie business to all levels, but also allowed studios to enter into exclusive deals which would allow only a single theater in a particular area to exhibit the studio’s films.

In 2014, LOOK Cinemas in Dallas approached local Fish attorneys as they found themselves in the cross-hairs of a “clearance” dispute with AMC, one of the largest theater operators in the world. Fish helped to draw attention to the issues with this movie-booking practice to the public, the media, the Department of Justice, and various state Attorneys Generals, which ultimately led to the studios’ secession of utilizing the practice. Click here to read how.

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