UK/US: Heavy metal icon launches antitrust lawsuit against tying

UK/US: Heavy metal icon launches antitrust lawsuit against tying

On Wednesday, March 22, the heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne filed an antitrust lawsuit against producing company Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (AEG), alleging the entertainment industry giant is illegally tying its venues in London and Los Angeles. The complaint states that “the tying arrangement at issue is so explicit and brazen that AEG has given […]

The Second Circuit’s Starr Decision: Why Twombly Demands More

Aaron Panner, Mar 26, 2010 In Starr v. Sony BMG Music Entertainment,  plaintiffs alleged that Sony BMG, EMI, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group—which allegedly “control over 80 percent of Digital Music sold to end purchasers in the United States” –had engaged in a conspiracy to maintain high prices for music sold over the […]

Starr v. SONY BMG: Conduct, Context, and the Presumption of Truth

Gary Jacobson, Mar 26, 2010 In Starr v. Sony BMG,  the Second Circuit became the first court of appeals to vacate a district court’s judgment which had dismissed a federal antitrust complaint as failing to meet the standards for pleading a Sherman Act conspiracy enunciated in Twombly. The court directed that the case be remanded […]

The European Commission’s Reexamination of the SonyBMG Merger: A Precedent-Setting Attempt to Jump the Fence

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Caroline Pauwels, Ben Van Rompuy, Jul 22, 2008 On July 13, 2006, the European Court of First Instance annulled the European Commission’s decision authorizing the creation of Sony BMG, a joint venture incorporating the worldwide recorded music businesses of Sony and Bertelsmann. In […]

Impala v. Commission (Sony/BMG)

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Nov 03, 2006 On July 13, 2006, the Court of First Instance (CFI) annulled the European Commission’s 2004 decision authorizing the creation of SonyBMG, a joint venture between Bertelsmann and Sony, merging their global recorded music activities. In general, the CFI […]