Ruling Reopens Music Industry's DOJ Woes

Law360, New York (April 24, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ordered two major music labels to turn over records from a defunct government antitrust investigation, ruling that the pair intentionally withheld from federal investigators information about possible price collusion.

The labels, Vivendi Universal SA's Universal Music Group and EMI Group PLC, were given 30 days by Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, to turn over new documents related to the 2001 investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

The ruling stems...
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