Music Licensing Co. Can't Shake TV Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (March 9, 2011, 6:29 PM EST) -- A federal judge in New York on Wednesday rejected a performing rights organization's bid to nix a proposed antitrust class action brought by local television stations over the group's music licensing practices.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied SESAC LLC's motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the organization of violating the Sherman Act by making so-called all or nothing blanket licenses the only viable option for obtaining the performance rights to SESAC-represented songs.

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