Federal Judge Approves Dismissal Of Talk Radio Network Suit Against Rival Syndicators
November 16, 2016 at 5:38 AM (PT)
TALK RADIO NETWORK has lost another round in its antitrust suit against CUMULUS MEDIA, WESTWOOD ONE, COMPASS MEDIA NETWORKS, WYD MEDIA MANAGEMENT/WYM MEDIA MANAGEMENT, LEW DICKEY, and CHARLES STEINHAUER in U.S. District Court for the MEDFORD Division of OREGON, as Judge ANN L. AIKEN has approved Magistrate Judge MARK D. CLARKE's SEPTEMBER ruling dismissing most of TRN's claims.
Seven claims were dismissed with prejudice, one withdrawn by TRN, and seven dismissed with leave to amend.
TRN has 30 days from NOVEMBER 9th to file an amended complaint. TRN's suit claimed CUMULUS and WESTWOOD ONE are monopolizing or attempting to monopolize the independent national syndication advertising representation market, and that WYD and WYM are "operated in collusion" with CUMULUS and WESTWOOD ONE.
TRN sought treble damages and permanent injunctive relief, plus exemplary and punitive damages and interest; Judge CLARKE ruled in SEPTEMBER that a NEW YORK federal case precluded seven anti-trust counts in the present case, and that breach of contract claims lacked specificity.