United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.

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United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. by William O. Douglas

United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., 334 US 131 (1948) (also known as the Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948, the Paramount Case, the Paramount Decision or the Paramount Decree) was a landmark United States Supreme Court anti-trust case that decided the fate of movie studios owning their own theatres and holding exclusivity rights on which theatres would show their films. It would also change the way Hollywood movies were produced, distributed, and exhibited. The Court held in this case that the existing distribution scheme was in violation of the antitrust laws of the United States, which prohibit certain exclusive dealing arrangements. Excerpted from United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

334 U.S. 131

United States  v.  Paramount Pictures, Inc.

 Argued: Feb. 9, 10, 11, 1948. --- Decided: May 3, 1948

Appeals from the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

[Syllabus from pages 131-138 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Tom C. Clark, Atty. Gen., Robert L. Wright, of Washington, D.C., and John F. Sonnett, Asst. Atty. Gen., for the United States.

Mr. Thurman Arnold, of Washington, D.C., for American Theatres Ass'n and others.

Messrs. John G. Jackson, of New York City, and Robert T. Barton, of Richmond, Va., for W. C. Allred and others.

Mr. John W. Davis, of New York City, for Loew's Inc.

Mr. William J. Donovan, of Washington, D.C., for Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation and others.

Mr. Joseph M. Proskauer, of New York City, for Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., and others.

Mr. James F. Byrnes, of Washington, D.C., for Twentieth Century-Fox and others.

Mr. Whitney North Seymour, of New York City, for Paramount Pictures, Inc., and another.

Mr. Louis D. Frohlich, of New York City, for Columbia Pictures Corporation and another.

Mr. Thomas Turner Cooke, of New York City, for Universal Pictures Co. and others Mr. George A. Raftery, of New York City, for United Artists Corporation.

[Argument of Counsel from Page 139 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Justice DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.


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