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Ticketmaster’s Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco might have just led to a lawsuit from the DOJ

Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour - Singapore
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The Department of Justice is preparing to file an antitrust lawsuit against Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit could reportedly come as early as next month and will target the company’s alleged monopoly in the live ticketing industry.

Live Nation drew antitrust scrutiny when it merged with Ticketmaster in 2010. But those concerns boiled over in November 2022 when a Ticketmaster crash blocked thousands of Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets for the Eras Tour due to “unprecedented demand.” The DOJ opened an investigation into Live Nation shortly after, The New York Times reported.

Lawmakers also levied heavy criticism against the ticketing company, with Sen. Amy…

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