Lawmakers Demand Ticketmaster Probe After Taylor Swift Fiasco
A consortium of House Democrats is calling on the Department of Justice to take action against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, with 31 signing a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland that was made public on Friday. The letter asks for Garland and the DOJ to open a formal investigation of... Read more
Anti-Ticketmaster Coalition Blasts “Monopoly Run Amuck”
The Break Up Ticketmaster Coalition issued a blistering statement last week in the wake of Live Nation’s record Q3 earnings report, characterizing the entertainment giant as a fueling its record returns by harnessing “monopoly power run amuck.” The group is campaigning to see the Department of Justice take action... Read more
‘Break Up Ticketmaster’ Explodes; 12,000+ Letters Sent in 20 Days
During an election season where it seems like agreement is in short supply, a group of consumer advocates appears to have found one thing that unites a huge swath of American society: dislike for Ticketmaster and its parent Live Nation Entertainment. The Break Up Ticketmaster campaign, launched in late... Read more
New Campaign Calls on Regulators to Break Up Ticketmaster
A new campaign launched this week is calling on federal regulators to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation, which merged in 2010, arguing that the combined company abuses its market power. The #breakupticketmaster campaign asks the Department of Justice to use its power to reverse the merger’s approval. Such... Read more
Antitrust Institute Plans D.C. Talk on Ticketing “Competition Issues”
The American Antitrust Institute has announced plans for an October event where experts will explore the modern ticketing ecosystem, and propose solutions to some of the major consumer problems it contains. The in-person roundtable will feature remarks from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and a panel discussion before closing... Read more
NPR Examines Ticketmaster “Monopoly” Accusations on 1A Show
Ticketmaster has long been dogged by claims it is operating as an effective “monopoly” alongside parent company Live Nation Entertainment, with its most recent firestorm kicked up over the pricing strategy for Bruce Springsteen and other tours as live entertainment recovers from the pandemic. National Public Radio examined the... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Asks FTC, DOJ to Overturn Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger
Rep. Bill Pascrell has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice requesting that the agencies target the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger as part of a joint inquiry designed at modernizing merger regulations. The New Jersey Democrat, who has been a staunch critic of the... Read more
Live Nation Asks Judge to Dismiss Latest Antitrust Lawsuit
Live Nation Entertainment’s lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company of anti-competitive practices, arguing that it is similar to other lawsuits that were forced into arbitration and should be dealt with similarly. A motion filed in federal court Tuesday by the entertainment giant’s lawyers... Read more
Live Nation, Ticketmaster Again Sued for Anti-Competitive Activities
Ticketmaster and Live Nation have been targeted by yet another lawsuit accusing the entertainment giant of monopolizing the concert and ticketing industries with anti-competitive actions. The nationwide class action is led by a group of plaintiffs from California, Ohio, and Florida, with attorneys from noted law firms Quinn Emanuel... Read more
Economist Calls on Biden Administration to Break Live Nation Monopoly
Mark J. Perry, an economist and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, published an Op-Ed in The Hill this week, calling on President Joe Biden to focus on Live Nation Entertainment as part of its efforts to battle monopolistic companies. The author, who is a senior fellow at... Read more