Judge Dismisses Rapture Fest Suit Against Ultra Miami

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Atmosphere during the Ultra Music Festival on March 23, 2013 in Miami.

A Miami judge has dropped a lawsuit case by Rapture music festival against Ultra Music Festival, just three days after the complaint was filed. 

Ultra Music Festival has a new Miami home on Virginia Key Beach, but that meant kicking out the island's previous event resident. For two years, Rapture music festival brought house and techno artists to the Historic Beach the same weekend Ultra brought all manner of electronic acts to the city.

According to court documents, Rapture accused Ultra, the City of Miami Beach and the Virginia Key Beach Trust of violating the Sherman Act, anti-trust and monopoly laws enacted in 1890 designed to regulate competition. The judge threw out the action, citing that both Rapture and Ultra applied for the use of Virginia Key, and while Ultra's application was accepted, Rapture's simply was not.

The complaint was filed Friday, Feb. 1. The suit was dismissed Monday, Feb. 4. Rapture was selling tickets for what would have been its third event, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30. 

Billboard Dance reached out to both Rapture and Ultra for comment. 

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