In May of 2018, promoters behind Portland, Oregon music festival Soul'd Out filed a lawsuit against Coachella parent company, Goldenvoice. The dispute was over Coachella's strict radius clause, which mandates that artists performing at the festival may not perform in neighboring states or counties over a period of December 15 to May 1. Haytham Abdulhadi and Nicholas Harris, the promoters behind Soul'd Out, felt that this radius clause hurt their own festival, which takes place in Portland in mid-April.

According to Billboard, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman dismissed the case against Goldenvoice with prejudice, meaning that Abdulhadi and Harris cannot refile the suit. To the Soul'd Out promoters' dismay, Mosman found no injury to the duo's festival, or the artists involved. 

Shawn Trell, the chief operating officer of Goldenvoice, was clearly pleased with the result, stating that it allows Coachella to maintain its unique lineups and creativity as a festival, while preventing competitors from piggy-backing off its success. 

The lawsuit was a failure for Soul'd Out, but it does put the heat on Coachella and other large festivals with restrictive radius clauses. The suit led to Coachella's radius clauses being published and publicly available, which was met with opposition from Goldenvoice, who feel it is a breach of confidentiality. Regardless, the lawsuit puts the spotlight on restrictions from large festivals and promoters, and will undoubtedly not be the last of its kind. 

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Abdulhadi and Harris may not refile the lawsuit, but have 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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