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Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

May 16, 2024

Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

By: Abbey Block

It looks like it could be a “cruel summer” for the country’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation Entertainment and its subsidiary ticketing platform, Ticketmaster. In early April, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice was preparing to file a lawsuit against the promoter, alleging that the company used its monopoly over the industry to prevent competition, harming consumers in the process. Indeed it is hard to deny that Live Nation and Ticketmaster dominate the live event ticketing industry given that they control about 70 percent of the market for ticketing and live events. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an investigation by the Department of Justice into Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. The…

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The FTC Kills Noncompetes

April 30, 2024

The FTC Kills Noncompetes

By: George Calhoun

In a groundbreaking move that will reshape the workplace and many litigation practices nationwide, the FTC has issued a final rule that effectively bans all employee non-compete clauses.  Approximately 30 million Americans currently work under a non-compete clause.  All but a few applicable to senior executives will be void upon the effective date of the rule. After the rule is effective, no new non-compete clauses…

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Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

April 26, 2024

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

By: Nicole Kardell

The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) recently published an opinion on the legality of pay-or-consent models for online platforms offering services in Europe.  While the opinion is non-binding and limited to “large online platforms[1],” companies that offer platforms large and small in Europe should pay attention to the EDPB’s analysis—it will inform their future guidance for entities large and small. The upshot: Pay-or-consent models [for…

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Ability to Revoke TCPA Consent Limited When Consent Was Provided Via Contract

April 3, 2019

Ability to Revoke TCPA Consent Limited When Consent Was Provided Via Contract

By: Ifrah Law

Although the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) limits the ways in which companies may contact individuals via automated dialers, with prerecorded messages, or via text message, one of its hallmarks is that companies are entitled to contact consumers who have provided their express consent to be called.  However, in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) stated that individuals who previously consented to be contacted may…

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INITIAL EXCHANGE OFFERING: THE NEW PARADIGM FOR CRYTPO CAPITAL?

March 18, 2019

INITIAL EXCHANGE OFFERING: THE NEW PARADIGM FOR CRYTPO CAPITAL?

By: George Calhoun

Crypto exchange Bittrex made news this week when it announced its first initial exchange offering (IEO), which it was to host through its Malta-based affiliate Bittrex International.  Bittrex planned to offer its registered members the opportunity to buy RAID’s XRD token.  RAID is an international gaming data blockchain project, with the goal to create a decentralized game data ecosystem where data can be freely exchanged…

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Don’t Believe Me Just Watch: Choose Profits over Privacy and the FTC may Funk You Up

March 14, 2019

Don’t Believe Me Just Watch: Choose Profits over Privacy and the FTC may Funk You Up

By: Nicole Kardell

An app for children–wee ones even–to publicize videos of themselves jamming to their favorite tunes. An app that, by default, allows its users to communicate directly with any other users, including wee ones. An app that provides its users a list of other users within a 50-mile radius who they can follow or contact directly (feature removed in 2016). What could pervert-ibly go wrong? It…

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UPDATE – NOT SO FAST INDEED: DISTRICT COURT BALKS AT SEC’S BLANKET CHARACTERIZATION OF TOKENS AS SECURITIES BUT THEN RECONSIDERS RULING

February 15, 2019

UPDATE – NOT SO FAST INDEED: DISTRICT COURT BALKS AT SEC’S BLANKET CHARACTERIZATION OF TOKENS AS SECURITIES BUT THEN RECONSIDERS RULING

By: George Calhoun

An issue of major importance to cryptocurrency and digital token markets has been whether tokens were all to be considered securities under U.S. law.  The SEC’s frequent admonishments that it would consider ICOs to be securities offerings has caused a dramatic slowdown in the US ICO market.  In one of the first cases to test the SEC’s broad definition, the United States District Court for…

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Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill: America’s Amber Waves of Grain Turn Green. What Does It Mean For CBD Oil Products and Advertising?

December 21, 2018

Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill: America’s Amber Waves of Grain Turn Green. What Does It Mean For CBD Oil Products and Advertising?

By: Nicole Kardell

Much excitement surrounds the 2018 Farm Bill – the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 – which President Trump recently signed into law. The hubbub is all about hemp. The new law removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and opens markets across the fifty states to hemp and its many derivatives. Farmers and product manufactures are no longer hogtied by an antiquated prohibition from the…

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Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.
By: Abbey Block

The FTC Kills Noncompetes

The FTC Kills Noncompetes
By: George Calhoun

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising
By: Nicole Kardell

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