GMR had previously accused the radio trade group of filing in Pennsylvania to gain a "tactical advantage."
Irving Azoff's performing-rights company Global Music Rights (GMR), which sought to upend the way radio stations license music when it launched in 2013, has won a small victory in its ongoing legal battle with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) in Pennsylvania federal court.
In the ruling, which was issued Friday, judge C. Darnell Jones II ruled he does not have "personal jurisdiction" over GMR in the antitrust case. GMR was sued by the RMLC in 2016 for seeking "extortionate" licensing rates for its slate of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Drake, Pharrell Williams and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. RMLC negotiates licensing fees for around 10,000 U.S. radio stations, or about 90 percent of the U.S. market.
"I am thrilled with today's victory," said Azoff in a statement provided to Billboard. "Now Global Music Rights gets to expose the radio cartel's bullying tactics. It's always worth the wait when artists win."