In April 2018, Coachella organizers Goldenvoice had been hit with a lawsuit that alleged the restrictive radius clause for the competition was in violation of anti-trust legislation. Oregon-based promoter Soul’d Out Productions claimed that the Coachella contract—which legally forbids artists from enjoying another North American competition from December 15 to May 1—damage their annual Soul’d Out Music Festival. Now, the presiding choose within the case has completely dismissed the lawsuit, as Billboard studies.
In the unique lawsuit, Soul’d Out organizers claimed that artists together with SZA and Daniel Caesar have needed to flip down their competition as a result of clause. In a rebuttal, Coachella organizers mentioned they might “vigorously defend against this lawsuit, which calls into question a long-standing industry practice that is crucial to our ability to continue offering fans the unrivaled experience for which Coachella has become known.” In October 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman dismissed the lawsuit however allowed for the claims to be refiled with technical tweaks. Mosman has now decided that no anti-trust harm was made in opposition to Soul’d Out by Goldenvoice on account of the radius clause.
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