Divorce Denied

Hollywood's major moviemakers finally got shoved through the antitrust grinder—but they came out whole. Last week, eight years after the Department of Justice filed suit, a special Manhattan Federal Court denied a Government demand that the big producers be divested of their theater holdings* in order to end monopolistic practices in the distribution of films.

In the court's opinion, the defendants have clearly been violating the Sherman Antitrust Act through a complex system of fixed admission prices, block-booking, pooling arrangements, and franchises. In general, said the court, these practices would have to...

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