Court Grants Summary Judgment for Live Nation in Antitrust Litigation
On February 19, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted summary judgment in favor of Live Nation, dismissing monopolization and restraint of trade claims brought by a rival promoter in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati represented Live Nation in the matter.
In its ruling, the court agreed with Live Nation that Live Nation's conduct was not anticompetitive; that the plaintiffs had not proven a relevant market confined to amphitheaters; and that the testimony of Harvard Professor Einer Elhauge on behalf of the plaintiffs as to market definition should be excluded under the federal Daubert standard. As a result, the case was dismissed in its entirety.
The plaintiffs are It's My Party, Inc. and It's My Amphitheater, Inc. [a/k/a Merriweather Post Pavilion], whose principal is Seth Hurwitz, a well-known figure in the region.