Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Settlement Amount

$45,000 costs


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Docket Number

C-05-5306 MEJ

Lead State


Participating States



Marquee Holdings; AMC Entertainment, Inc.; LCE Holdings, Inc.; Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp.

Case Description

Plaintiff state alleged that the proposed merger would make the competitive situation in San Francisco significantly worse by further enhancing the ability of the newly merged AMC-Loews circuit to increase prices and would reduce the incentive to maintain, upgrade and renovate theaters in San Francisco, thus reducing the quality of the viewing experience for a movie-goer. The District of Columbia and State of Washington filed separate settlements requiring theater divestitures in those markets (See D.C. v. Marquee Holdings, Inc.). The U.S. Department of Justice also reached a settlement which called for additional divestitures in: Boston, Massachusetts; New York City; Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas.