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Civil Procedure Keyed to Spencer
Beacon Theatres, Inc. v. Westover
Citation:359 U.S. 500 (1959)
Plaintiff owned a movie theater in the city of San Bernardino and entered into a contract with movie distributors which gave Plaintiff the exclusive right to show certain films in the San Bernardino area. Defendant built a drive-in theater in the same city and informed Plaintiff that it was going to file an antitrust suit against them. Plaintiff filed a complaint requesting a declaration that its contracts did not violate the law, and an injunction preventing Defendant from filing suit. Defendant filed a counterclaim and a cross-claim in response and demanded a jury trial.
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