Clear Channel Communications will face the music Aug. 2, now that a federal judge has set the trial date in the antitrust case against the media giant.

NEW YORK--Clear Channel Communications will face the music Aug. 2, now that a federal judge has set the trial date in the antitrust case against the media giant.

Judge Edward Nottingham of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado last Tuesday scheduled a four-week jury trial in Denver after deciding that an independent concert promoter presented enough evidence to move forward on its claims of predatory business practices by the media giant.

The plaintiff, Nobody In Particular Presents, alleged that CCC had attempted to create a monopoly by rejecting its advertising and denying its artists airplay on CCC's Denver radio stations.

Judge Nottingham had ruled on April 2 that CCC's cluster of radio stations in the Denver area was not a monopoly. However, he said CCC had intended to create a monopoly position when it rejected paid advertising by NIPP.

NIPP alleged that the Denver radio stations in question played songs by artists whose concerts were promoted by CCC's promotion division, but did not play songs by bands handled by NIPP.

CCC, the largest concert promoter in the United States, operates eight radio stations in Denver--the maximum allowed under Federal Communications Commission regulations.

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