Coachella Owner Faces Antitrust Suit Over Artist Controls

By Bonnie Eslinger (April 9, 2018, 7:24 PM EDT) -- The owner of Coachella was hit with a lawsuit in Oregon federal court on Monday claiming the California mega-festival employs anti-competitive practices, such as barring artists from performing at other musical events within approximately 1,300 miles in the months surrounding the spring happening.

Filed by the producers of a Portland music event called Soul'd Out Music Festival, the suit against Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival owner Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates claims the worldwide entertainment presenter uses its powerful industry leverage and "strong arming" to block competition in ways that violate federal antitrust laws as well...

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