Court reverses decision to dismiss Coachella's restrictive radius clause lawsuit

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by federal judge, Michael Mosman that dismissed a lawsuit filed against Coachella organizers, Goldenvoice. The lawsuit alleged a violation of anti-trust law through the restrictive radius clause the event places in its artist contracts, which stipulates artists booked at Coachella are prohibited from playing any other North American festival between December 15 and May 1.

The lawsuit was originally filed in April of 2018 by Soul’d Out Productions, an Oregon outfit, and claimed that Coachella’s radius clause established “tortious interference and unlawful competition,” citing artists like SZA and Daniel Caesar had to turn down festivals from the radius clause.

In March of 2019, the suit was dismissed by US District Court Judge Michael Mosman due to lack of standing, and Pitchfork reported on May 12 a a three-judge appellate panel overturned the original verdict. This means Soul’d Out can move forward with the suit.

H/T: New Musical Express