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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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Internet Affiliates Fight Back in Court Against Illinois Retail Tax

June 30, 2011

Internet Affiliates Fight Back in Court Against Illinois Retail Tax

By: Ifrah Law

An organization that represents online affiliates filed suit in federal court this month challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois law targeted at collecting sales tax from Web retailers. Internet retail giant Amazon.com has threatened to cut off its marketing affiliates in Illinois in an effort to avoid paying the tax, and other companies are threatening similar action. We have previously examined the potential effects…

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Since When Did the FTC Start Regulating Cyber Security?

May 11, 2011

Since When Did the FTC Start Regulating Cyber Security?

By: Nicole Kardell

There’s no question that the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to prevent deceptive and unfair trade practices, such as false or misleading claims directed at consumers. Somehow, however, that authority has morphed into a much broader reach than one would have expected on the basis of common sense. We’ve written extensively about such jurisdictional overreaching by the FTC in the health food industry (see,…

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FTC Files Suit Against Acai Marketing Sites Disguised as ‘News’

April 29, 2011

FTC Files Suit Against Acai Marketing Sites Disguised as ‘News’

By: Nicole Kardell

The FTC recently filed suit against ten operations with websites that market acai berry weight loss products. The FTC alleged that the companies’ websites – which look like news websites – deceived consumers who thought the sites were credible journalistic outlets as opposed to elaborate marketing schemes. According to the FTC, the sites contained titles such as “News 6 News Alerts,” “Health News Health Alerts,”…

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New Illinois Tax Law May Strike Hard Against Affiliates

April 24, 2011

New Illinois Tax Law May Strike Hard Against Affiliates

By: Ifrah Law

A new Illinois law purporting to preserve and create jobs in the state may soon be putting Illinois affiliates out of business. Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a law requiring online retailers to collect sales tax on purchases made in Illinois, on the premise that the companies have a presence in the state due to in-state affiliates. This follows the Supreme Court ruling in Quill…

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An Interview With David Deitch, New Ifrah Law Partner

April 13, 2011

An Interview With David Deitch, New Ifrah Law Partner

By: Ifrah Law

On April 1, 2011, David Deitch started work as a partner at the Ifrah Law Firm. David is an experienced trial lawyer and former Department of Justice counterterrorism prosecutor. Because he will now be a regular contributor to this blog, the editor of FTC Beat conducted this brief interview to introduce David to our readers. Please feel free to ask him your own questions in…

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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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