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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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Civil or Criminal Liability: Charging A Payment Processing Case by Coin Toss?

August 17, 2020

Civil or Criminal Liability: Charging A Payment Processing Case by Coin Toss?

By: James Trusty

In the eyes of federal investigators, when is a payment processor considered a benevolent alternative to traditional banks, and when is it viewed as a shady facilitator of all things criminal?  In other words, is the client another Paypal or Venmo, or are we looking at a potential WireCard AG prosecution? We have noticed in recent cases that prosecutors are across the board in their…

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Schrems II Screams: CJEU Decision Puts Companies in Tailspin Over EU-US Data Transfers

July 17, 2020

Schrems II Screams: CJEU Decision Puts Companies in Tailspin Over EU-US Data Transfers

By: Nicole Kardell

The privacy world is abuzz about the European Court of Justice’s July 16, 2020 decision in Schrems II: Europe’s highest court invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. The Privacy Shield provides a streamlined mechanism to facilitate personal data transfers from Europe to the U.S. It was implemented in 2016 following the invalidation of an earlier “safe harbor” system. Europe deems the U.S. to have insufficient…

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Upcoming Supreme Court cases could stop FTC from halting businesses and freezing assets via TROs

July 16, 2020

Upcoming Supreme Court cases could stop FTC from halting businesses and freezing assets via TROs

By: Ifrah Law

If it was not already apparent, the Supreme Court last week made it clear that it is taking a close look at the power of federal agencies to obtain monetary relief such as disgorgement or restitution through civil proceedings.  Indeed, on June 22, the Court in Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission held that although the SEC had the power to obtain disgorgement in civil…

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FTC Settles with Gaming App for False Representations about Children’s Privacy

July 9, 2020

FTC Settles with Gaming App for False Representations about Children’s Privacy

By: Nicole Kardell

On July 6, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with gaming app developer Miniclip S.A. The settlement addresses allegations that Miniclip falsely claimed membership in a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program for the last several years. Miniclip boasts more than 1 billion downloads of its 45 “high-quality mobile games” (such as Agar.io and Soccer Stars) and a further catalogue…

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Supreme Court Finds That CFPB Director Can Be Removed By President, But Allows Agency To Continue To Operate

June 29, 2020

Supreme Court Finds That CFPB Director Can Be Removed By President, But Allows Agency To Continue To Operate

By: Ifrah Law

On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that expanded the President’s authority to remove a director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), while simultaneously finding that the Bureau itself could continue to exist an operate. In Seila Law LLC v. CFPB, both the law firm Seila Law—which was under investigation by the CFPB for charging consumers with improper fees in association…

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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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