Live Nation Granted Summary Judgment In Antitrust Suit
February 20, 2015 at 12:07 PM (PT)
A MARYLAND federal court ruled in favor of LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT, summarily dismissing all claims in a lawsuit filed in 2009 by promoter SETH HURWITZ's two companies, IT'S MY PARTY and IT'S MY AMPHITHEATRE. The lawsuit alleged violations of federal and state antitrust laws.
In issuing summary judgment, the court invalidated key elements of the plaintiffs’ expert testimony, effectively rejecting allegations that LIVE NATION coerced any artists, violated any antitrust laws, or engaged in any anti-competitive conduct whatsoever. The full text of the order can be found here .
LIVE NATION issued the following statement regarding the ruling: “We are very pleased with the judge’s ruling, which we believe validates LIVE NATION's business approach and practices, and which aligns with our long-standing belief that the accusations made in this case were completely false. We feel vindicated that the court was able to see through the baseless allegations by a rival promoter and recognize that the claims of anti-competitive conduct had no merit. Our focus is, and will continue to be, providing a world-class live music experience for artists and their millions of fans.”