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Ticketmaster faces antitrust lawsuit by justice department

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The Justice Department is reportedly preparing to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster, amid ongoing scrutiny over its market dominance in the ticketing industry. Sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the lawsuit could be filed in the coming weeks, marking a significant step in addressing concerns about competitive practices.

Ticketmaster has been under public and legislative scrutiny, particularly after a high-profile system failure during the presale for Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” in 2022, which left many fans unable to purchase tickets. Critics argue that Ticketmaster’s dominance allows it to impose higher prices on live entertainment, a claim the company has consistently refuted by pointing to decisions made by artists and venue operators regarding pricing.

The potential lawsuit follows a merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster in 2010, which was initially approved after an antitrust investigation by the Justice Department. However, recent events and continued complaints have led to renewed calls for scrutiny, with Live Nation defending its position against claims of anti-competitive behavior. The Justice Department has yet to officially comment on these reports.

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