The lawsuit Redbox filed last year against Universal is finally winding its way through the legal system. Yesterday a U.S District Court judge from Delaware made a ruling on Universal’s request for dismissal. The ruling has both Universal and Redbox claiming victory.
Robert Kugler, a U.S. District Court judge for Delaware, granted the dismissal of two of the three counts against Universal in the 10-month-old lawsuit but denied Universal’s motion to dismiss the antitrust claim altogether, according to court records.
While it is good for Redbox that the case wasn’t dismissed entirely, I don’t see this ruling as a great one for Redbox. Certainly they would have liked to have had a chance to argue all of their claims in court.
“We appreciate the Court’s thoughtful review of this issue and look forward to pursuing our claim and protecting our consumers’ rights,” Mitch Lowe, president of Redbox, said in a statement late yesterday.
So, not much excitement coming from the Redbox camp. Here is what Universal had to say:
“Universal is pleased that the Court today dismissed two of the three claims asserted by Redbox and appreciates that the claims made by Redbox are now reduced significantly,” the studio said in a statement late yesterday. “As was the case prior to the Court’s ruling, Universal maintains that its actions have been consistently lawful, and will vigorously defend the remaining claim in this case.”
Blah, blah, blah. Nothing too exciting there, either. It appears this ruling will at least get Redbox their day in court, but definitely takes some steam out of their lawsuit.