A federal district court judge in Los Angeles has denied a motion by big-box defendants and the five majors to dismiss an amended class-action lawsuit against them which alleges they engage in unfair

A federal district court judge in Los Angeles has denied a motion by big-box defendants and the five majors to dismiss an amended class-action lawsuit against them which alleges they engage in unfair business practices.

"The next step will be to move to certify the class," says Max Blecher of the Los Angeles-based firm Blecher & Collins, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of a number of independent retailers. Blecher says the court still has to move through the procedural aspects of the class certification before the case can advance to discussing its merits.

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, on behalf of Mad Rhino, Boo Boo Records, Lou's Records, Dimple Records and Rand Foster of Fingerprints -- all California retailers -- alleging that Best Buy's business practices violate U.S. law and California state law.

The lawsuit has since been amended, says Blecher, to also list Target, Wal-Mart, Circuit City and the five majors, and broadened into a class-action lawsuit to include retailers from other parts of the country -- including Twist & Shout in Denver, Ear X-tacy in Louisville and Music Millenium in Portland, Ore.

Also, the complaint is now only looking for injunctive relief and no longer seeks damages, Blecher adds.