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CCE Wants Judge Reinstated

TAMPA, FL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Clear Channel Entertainment, owner of Florida’s Ford Amphitheatre, is asking that Circuit Judge Gregory Holder be reassigned to its noise violation case with Hillsborough County.

Holder stepped down in early March after the Environmental Protection Commission accused him of bias. The case had been reassigned to Judge Charlene Honeywell.

Clear Channel filed a petition on Monday, requesting that Holder be reinstated, claiming the EPC’s motion to remove Holder “was legally insufficient, both procedurally and substantively,” according to The Tampa Tribune.

In December, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission filed a lawsuit against Clear Channel and the Florida State Fair Authority after recording noise violations during approximately a dozen concerts at the Ford Amphitheatre. The CCE-owned, 20,000-capacity shed, opened at the Florida State Fairgrounds in July.

The EPC is seeking a temporary ban on concerts there until CCE provides assurance that it can operate shows within the sound regulations. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers