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Antitrust Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation

Change In ADR Provider at Issue In Event-Ticketing Fees Litigation

A new antitrust complaint over ticketing fees has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Ticketmaster. The plaintiffs in the newly filed suit are challenging Ticketmaster's new arbitration agreement by claiming its protocols for mass arbitrations, laid out in the rules and procedures posted to its website, require “a novel and one-sided process that is tailored to disadvantage consumers.”

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A new antitrust complaint over ticketing fees has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Ticketmaster. Heckman v. Live Nation Entertainment Inc., 2:22-cv-00047 (Complaint available at //bit.ly/3FLZjlC). The plaintiffs’ tandem had been pursuing antitrust claims against the world’s largest concert promoter and the ticket-selling giant in a lawsuit originally filed in 2020 on behalf of ticket-buyers who claim they paid artificially inflated fees on Ticketmaster’s online platforms for concerts at major venues. Central Federal District Judge George H. Wu, dismissing that first suit, granted a request from Ticketmaster’s lawyers at Latham & Watkins to route the ticket-buyers’ claims to arbitration last September. Oberstein v. Live Nation Entertainment Inc., 2:20-cv-03888. The judge found Ticketmaster adequately put consumers on notice that all disputes would be routed to arbitration in its terms of use.

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