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Solow: Ruling Would Invite Suits

In a legal setback for the world's largest concert promoter, Clear Channel Communications, a U.S. District Court judge granted a jury trial to a Denver competitor that accuses the company of "monopolistic and predatory practices." Judge Edward W. Nottingham's 125-page ruling, which mentions Puddle of Mudd, Orgy and the Tattoo the Earth Tour (headlined by Slipknot), says the evidence suggests Clear Channel illegally reduced radio airplay for artists who booked concert tours with competing promoters. If these claims are upheld -- the trial starts Aug. 2 -- other cases would likely follow, says JOHN SOLOW, an antitrust expert and professor at the University of Iowa: "It would open the door to lots of people saying, 'You did it to us, too!'"


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