Ticketmaster, Live Nation Sue again for ‘predatory’ activities – Billboard

Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation are facing another lawsuit that claims they violated antitrust laws by monopolizing the concert ticket market and engaging in “predatory” behavior – just this time. with additional allegations that they are advocating draconian new arbitration agreements on buyer tickets.

Continuing claims made in an earlier lawsuit filed in 2020 by the same attorney, the new lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that Ticketmaster’s dominant market share and Live Nation’s immense influence for tours allows the organization to mix and match venues and charge “extremely high” prices to consumers.

“The defendants’ anticompetitive scheme has been wildly successful and today threatens to place nearly all ticketing services for major concert venues…under Ticketmaster’s exclusive thumb,” the attorneys said. at leading litigation firm write Quinn Emanuel, representing consumers suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

This case is intended to represent a nationwide class of consumers who purchased tickets from Ticketmaster, which could include “hundreds of thousands if not millions”.

The new lawsuit is a second rift for the legal team at Quinn Emanuel, following a ruling last year that dropped their previous lawsuit against Ticketmaster on a procedural basis. At the time, a federal judge ruled that when the plaintiffs purchased their tickets, they agreed to resolve any disputes with Ticketmaster through private arbitration rather than in open court.

While that ruling is pending appeal, a new lawsuit filed this week adds new allegations against Ticketmaster’s use of such arbitration arrangements, including claims that the company is close this has started using a new language that is even more unfair to the buyer.

“The [new] agreement…requires consumers to participate in a new and one-way process that is adjusted to the disadvantage of consumers,” wrote attorney Quinn Emanuel. “The agreement… falsifies the odds in favor of the defendant unduly through its defense-biased provisions, and is imposed in a procedurally unfair manner, to the point that it is infringing legislation to a much greater extent than… the previous agreement.”

A Live Nation spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation have long been plagued by accusations that they unfairly dominate the live concert market, especially since they merged in 2010.

The incorporated entity has operated for its entire existence under so-called consent decrees imposed by the US Department of Justice when it approved the merger. Under the ordinance, Live Nation is prohibited from retaliating against venues that refuse to use Ticketmaster. Those restrictions were due to expire in 2020 but were extended for another five years in 2019 after the DOJ accused Live Nation of repeatedly violating the ordinance. More recently, members of Congress have called for new investigations into corporate dominance.

In addition to Quinn Emanuel, the plaintiffs in the new case are also represented by the law firm Keller Lenkner LLC.

https://www.billboard.com/pro/ticketmaster-live-nation-sued-predatory-practices/ Ticketmaster, Live Nation Sue again for ‘predatory’ activities – Billboard

Dais Johnston

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