Assistant AG Confirms Live Nation Antitrust Investigation
At an antitrust enforcement oversight hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, confirmed that Live Nation (NASDAQ: LYV) is under investigation for alleged anti-competitive behavior and its adherence to a 2010 consent decree. While he... Read more
Promoter Faces Theft Charges After Kentucky Concert Debacle
The promoter for a Kentucky concert that was scheduled to feature David Allan Coe before falling apart is in police custody, facing charges ranging from theft by deception to multiple motor vehicle violations, according to multiple local news outlets. About 1,000 fans were waiting at a show that never... Read more
Eventbrite’s Hartz Among Hundreds of CEOs to Sign Gun Control Letter
Eventbrite (NYSE: EB) co-founder and CEO Julie Hartz was among the hundreds of CEOs to sign a letter addressed to members of the senate asking a bill be passed requiring background checks on all gun sales and a red flag law allowing courts to issue protection orders in emergency... Read more
Exposed Database Reveals Fraud Scheme Targeting Ticket Vendors
An unsecured database exposed an alleged scheme that involved scammers using event ticket vendors to rip fans off and stick the vendors with the loss, according to reporting from CNET. Groupon, Ticketmaster and TickPick were all targeted in the scheme, which CNET described as such: The fraudsters create accounts... Read more
Australian Ticket Startup Suffers Substantial Data Breach
An Australian online ticket start-up company, Get, reportedly suffered a “potential data leak” which led to personal details of thousands of people to be exposed. Get, a Sydney-based company founded in 2016, manages memberships and allows students from various university clubs and associations to sell tickets to events in... Read more
Final “NOLA No-Call” Lawsuit Dismissed in Louisiana
Lawyer Antonio LeMon told reporters that he would drop his lawsuit against the NFL over the controversial no-call that helped the Los Angeles Rams win the NFC Championship over the Saints and book their trip to the Super Bowl earlier this year. LeMon had sued, alleging fraud by the... Read more
Former NECO CEO Nissen Sentenced to 27 Months in Ponzi Case
Jason Nissen, the former CEO of the National Event Ticket Company (NECO) was handed a 27 month sentence from U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmeyer in Manhattan Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of wire fraud related to a $71 million Ponzi scheme involving his business. “Somehow I... Read more
Live Nation Dismisses Senators’ Call for Investigation of Consent Decree
In an email sent to Pollstar, Live Nation dismissed last week’s call by a pair of senators for a hard look at the company by the Department of Justice (DOJ), accusing competitors of using misinformation related to their business practices and insisting that the DOJ has already been monitoring... Read more
R. Kelly Sex Crimes Trial Set For April 2020
R. Kelly’s trial for charges of child pornography, enticement, and obstruction of justice has been scheduled for next April. The announcement came on Wednesday during a hearing where Kelly pleaded not guilty to all charges. Kelly has been held in a Chicago correctional facility since June and it was... Read more
CMA Action Against Viagogo Halted After Website Changes
Viagogo appears to be out of hot water with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom, at least for the time being. The government agency announced Thursday that the resale marketplace had “addressed its outstanding concerns” about how it presented information to consumers, causing it to... Read more