1/11/2011

Supreme Court denies cert in digital music price-fixing case

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Sony Music, Vivendi, Warner Music and EMI, in Sony Music v. Starr. The case involves an antitrust claim by consumers who allege that the music companies illegally agreed with one another not to sell digital music for less than 70 cents per song. The case has not yet gone to trial. Rather, the record companies sought to have it dismissed, even before discovery. But the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the consumers' complaint was sufficiently detailed to adequately allege an antitrust violation. And that is the decision the Supreme Court decided not to review.