Score one for GMR.

Global Music Rights—the music-rights organization founded by music executive Irving Azoff—got a boost in its legal battle with the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) when the United States Department of Justice urged a federal court to deny the RMLC’s arguments. In fact, the DOJ slammed the RMLC; the Antitrust Division said, “Competitors’ naked agreements to fix prices are one of the most pernicious forms of anticompetitive restraints that violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act.” The brouhaha involves countersuits by the litigants: the RMLC sued GMR in US District Court in Philadelphia alleging anticompetitive behavior, and GMR sued the RMLC in California, alleging rate-fixing.