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Songkick v Live Nation trial set for new year

UNITED STATES -
World News
November 2, 2017

The long-running legal dispute between Songkick and Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) will run into next year, after the court date was pushed back.

UK-based Songkick, which has now ceased trading following the closure of its ticketing division (see Audience issue 213), was scheduled to face LNE in a Los Angeles court on 14 November.

The company accuses LNE of anti-competitive behaviour and claims that former employees who went onto work for LNE subsidiary Ticketmaster, passed vital documents to their new bosses.

“Following the court hearing on 23 October to review papers, it was agreed to delay the court hearing to a date to be set in January,” a source close to Songkick tells Audience.

“The purpose of the delay is so that Songkick lawyers can go through previously withheld and now released Ticketmaster/Live Nation internal documents with a view to adding to current claims. The time will also be used to search for and subpoena the two former Ticketmaster employees Mead and Zaid to appear in court.”

Songkick had earlier complained that LNE delivered around 4,000 documents relevant to the case after a deadline. LNE says the delay was due to a technical glitch.

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