Fox Sues Netflix, Claiming It Poached Employees

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Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix.
Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. Credit: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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Twentieth Century Fox has sued Netflix, claiming the internet movie and TV service poached its employees.

"We filed this lawsuit because we believe Netflix is defiantly flouting the law by soliciting and inducing employees to break their contracts," Fox said Friday in a statement. "We intend to seek all available remedies to enforce our rights and hold Netflix accountable for its wrongful behavior."

Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland declined to comment on the suit, which was filed in state court in Los Angeles.

Hollywood has a love-hate relationship with Los Gatos, California-based Netflix, owner of the most popular paid online TV network in the world.

Netflix has contributed to the erosion in viewership of live television with its on-demand service. Yet media companies happily sell shows to Netflix, which spends billions of dollars a year licensing programs and movies from companies like Fox.

-- Bloomberg News