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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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“Heartbleed” Bug – Antibiotics Won’t Help, Changing Passwords Might

April 14, 2014

“Heartbleed” Bug – Antibiotics Won’t Help, Changing Passwords Might

By: Michelle Cohen

After recovering from high-profile data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, signing up for free credit monitoring and analyzing our credit reports, a new Internet villain recently emerged:  the “Heartbleed Bug.”  The Heartbleed Bug is a security flaw present on Open SSL, popular software run on most webservers.  This open source software is widely used to encrypt web communications.  The Heartbleed Bug affects approximately 500,000…

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TCPA Litigation Explosion Leads to Rule Clarifications

April 10, 2014

TCPA Litigation Explosion Leads to Rule Clarifications

By: Michelle Cohen

Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing, fax marketing, and prerecorded/auto-dialed phone calls. Recently, there has been an explosion in TCPA litigation, including class action litigation. In response, several parties have asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to clarify certain of the agency’s TCPA rules to provide relief from TCPA liability in certain enumerated circumstances. Two recent FCC…

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FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

April 7, 2014

FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

By: Ifrah Law

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures are enabled without performing the necessary audits to assure security on a regular basis. A recent settlement between the FTC and two companies offering unsecured mobile application products gives cause…

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Herbalife Hit with Civil Investigative Demand – Is the FTC Finally Turning up the Heat on Multi-Level Marketers?

March 27, 2014

Herbalife Hit with Civil Investigative Demand – Is the FTC Finally Turning up the Heat on Multi-Level Marketers?

By: Ifrah Law

For many, the announcement two weeks ago that the Federal Trade Commission has commenced a formal investigation into Herbalife was not terribly interesting.  After all, nutritional supplement company Herbalife has been the focus of intermittent media attention since December 2012 when Wall Street hedge fund manager Bill Ackman claimed that it was  an illegal pyramid scheme, and its business practices have already drawn the scrutiny…

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FTC Secures Nine Figure Judgment Against Single Co-Defendant in Scareware Case

March 19, 2014

FTC Secures Nine Figure Judgment Against Single Co-Defendant in Scareware Case

By: Ifrah Law

After the FTC secured a $163MM judgment against Kristy Ross in the US District Court of Maryland, the 4th Circuit affirmed, and so ends the FTC’s six-year “scareware” enforcement action. From beginning to end, this odyssey has been quite colorful, to say the least. The nine-figure judgment against Ross is no exception. Originally, there were eight codefendants: Innovative Marketing, Inc., ByteHosting Internet Services, LLC, and…

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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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