Music Rights Group Can’t Drum Out Radio Reps’ Cartel Suit

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 8:02 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has declined to toss radio stations' antitrust suit against a music rights organization, saying the allegations are supported by sufficient facts to move the case forward, but he struck down a push for monetary relief.

Radio Music License Committee Inc. and performers’ organization Global Music Rights LLC are entangled in a two-way antitrust battle, with the radio group, which represents stations, accusing the licensing company of forming a monopoly on license sales. GMR countered with its own suit claiming that the radio stations banded together to create a monopsony cartel.

GMR has sought to get the radio...

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