Pres. Biden Asks for Ban on “Junk Fees”, Holdback Transparency
President Biden asked legislators to take action on his competition agenda Wednesday morning, and near the top of his list of priorities is reform in live event ticketing. He asked lawmakers to put forward a so-called Junk Fee Prevention Act that would “crack down on excessive online concert, sporting... Read more
Dem. Senator Hints that Ticket Transparency Legislation is Coming
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar hinted at the potential for upcoming legislation aimed at the ticketing industry, specifically related to increasing transparency for consumers. The Democrat indicated that something is in the works during a recent interview with NPR related to the Ticketmaster/Live Nation role in the Taylor Swift fiasco... Read more
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
Democrats Call for Ticketmaster Breakup Amid Taylor Swift Ticket Debacle
A number of political leaders have joined the chorus of condemnation for Ticketmaster’s performance during the Taylor Swift Eras Tour presale this week, with many calling the company a “monopoly” in need of breaking up. The criticism has largely come from the Democrat side of the political spectrum, with... Read more
U.S. Rep. Renews Calls to Break up Live Nation After Chappelle Attack
Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) renewed his calls for Live Nation Entertainment to be broken up after yet another safety incident at an event it was running last week. Rep. Pascrell, long a vocal opponent of the entertainment giant that he openly argues is a monopoly, says that 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
National Poll: Americans Want Better Protection of Consumer Ticket Rights
A recently released national poll showed that consumers in the United States strongly support better protection of their rights related to tickets they’ve purchased. They believe that once they have purchased tickets, they own them – and shouldn’t be restricted from using them as they see fit without any... Read more
Live Nation Gets Astroworld Congressional Hearing Delayed to February
Live Nation Entertainment has asked for, and received, more time to prepare its response to questions posed by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding what happened at Astroworld in November. The entertainment giant had initially been expected to respond to those questions by January 7 with a... Read more
Legislators Launch Bipartisan Investigation of Live Nation and Astroworld
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has opened an inquiry into Live Nation Entertainment and its role in the Astroworld Festival tragedy in November. They have asked for answers to specific questions by early January with plans for a briefing to be held on January 12, 2022. A... Read more
Rep. Pascrell Calls for Live Nation Breakup in Wake of Astroworld Tragedy
Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has renewed his calls for tighter regulation on Live Nation Entertainment in the wake of the weekend’s tragedy at Astroworld in Texas. Pascrell expressed both sorrow for those impacted and their families, and his belief that the tragedy reflects a “monopoly” in need of reigning... Read more