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Lawsuit filed by Justice Department against Live Nation and Ticketmaster for alleged concert industry monopoly

Justice Department Files Federal Lawsuit Against Ticketmaster and Live Nation for Illegal Monopoly

The Justice Department is taking on Ticketmaster and Live Nation in a blockbuster legal battle that could shake up the live entertainment industry. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, officials accused the companies of monopolizing the market to the detriment of concertgoers and artists.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that Live Nation’s ownership of Ticketmaster gives it too much control over the industry. The Justice Department is seeking structural changes, which could include breaking apart the two entities.

This legal action comes after public outcry over Ticketmaster’s mishandling of ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s tour. Attorney General Merrick Garland, a known Swift fan, made it clear that it’s time for Live Nation’s monopoly to end.

The lawsuit accuses Live Nation of blocking innovation in the industry and using its control to squeeze consumers for money. The company’s stronghold over the market has led to higher ticket prices and exclusive deals that limit artists’ options.

Live Nation has defended itself, saying the lawsuit ignores the realities of the live entertainment business. The company insists that competition is alive and well in the industry.

The impact of Live Nation’s control was made clear at a Senate hearing where artists testified about the company’s power over them. One band member revealed how Ticketmaster’s fees cut into their earnings from ticket sales.

As the legal battle heats up, the future of the live entertainment industry hangs in the balance. Stay tuned for updates on this groundbreaking case as it unfolds.

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