A federal judge gave Seattle firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro the green light to sue Clear Channel for using predatory practices to create a concert promotions monopoly.
Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court California Central District determined there is adequate legal ground for HBSS to pursue claims on behalf of music lovers that Clear Channel commits such musical atrocities as buying up the Backstreet Boys entire 2001 national tour at $100 million preventing other promoters from having a shot at the group, then passing the cost on with overinflated ticket prices.
Clear Channel is also accused of using their near total control of radio waves to force artists to promote with Clear Channel or face a "coincidental" loss of radio play. Anyone who purchased a concert ticket for a Clear Channel show in Chicago, New England, New York and New Jersey, Colorado, or Southern California between June 19, 1998 and the present can get in on the action - sorry Seattle. But if you caught Backstreet Boys while visiting your old college roommate in the Windy City and don't mind your hipster friends finding out about it, you may be able to get in on the action.
HBSS says they are also pursuing certification for concert-goers throughout the rest of the country.