TS News - PanAmSat Lawsuit Against Comsat Dismissed

TELE-satellit News, 6 September 1996

PanAmSat Lawsuit Against Comsat Dismissed
  NEW YORK, New York, USA, 96/09/06 (TS) -- A federal judge in New York has
dismissed a lawsuit brought against Comsat, the US signatory to Intelsat, by
PanAmSat Corporation and Alpha Lyracom Space Communications. The lawsuit
alledged Comsat engaged in anti-competitve practices in the international
commercial satellite market.

  The companies argued that Comsat tried to stop PanAmSat entering the
market place but the judge at Manhattan Federal Court said the two companies
had failed to produce evidence to back up their allegations.

  The complaint was the third such filed by the plaintiffs, the first two in
1989. The initial complaint was dismissed in 1990 when a judge found that
Comsat was immune from antitrust challenges for the part it plays in
Intelsat, a satellite operator founded under a 1961 United Nations resolution.

  In 1991 a second judge confirmed the earlier ruling but gave the
plaintiffs permission to refile their complaints. Appeals were filed with
the Supreme Court and dismissed in 1992.

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