Court ex­tends de­cree for Live Na­tion, Tick­et­mas­ter

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — A fed­eral judge to­day ap­proved a mod­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­ten­sion of the 2010 con­sent de­cree re­gard­ing Bev­erly Hills-based Live Na­tion’s merger with Tick­et­mas­ter, the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice an­nounced.

The fi­nal judg­ment, en­tered in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., pro­hibits mu­sic pro­mo­tions com­pany Live Na­tion from re­tal­i­at­ing against venues for us­ing a tick­et­ing firm other than Tick­et­mas­ter, threat­en­ing con­cert venues or un­der­tak­ing other ac­tions against venues for 10 years.

“Live Na­tion broke the prom­ises they made to the court and the Amer­i­can peo­ple when they merged with Tick­et­mas­ter in 2010,’’ said As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral Makan Del­rahim of the DOJ’s an­titrust divi­sion. “The amended de­cree re­im­burses the Amer­i­can peo­ple mil­lions of dol­lars and makes it easier for the an­titrust divi­sion and state en­forcers to iden­tify and pros­e­cute fu­ture trans­gres­sions.”

De­spite pro­hi­bi­tions, Live Na­tion re­peat­edly, and over the course of sev­eral years, en­gaged in con­duct that vi­o­lated the con­sent de­cree, ac­cord­ing to the DOJ.

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