The Ticketmaster/Live Nation Consent Decree

Law360, New York (March 9, 2010, 4:53 PM EST) -- In its highest profile merger enforcement action to date under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Justice recently challenged the merger of entertainment giants Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. and Live Nation Inc.

According to the complaint, the transaction was effectively a horizontal merger to monopoly in the sale of primary ticketing services to major concert venues in the United States, eliminating Live Nation as the only credible competitive threat to Ticketmaster.

Rather than seeking to block the merger outright, however, the DOJ settled on a complex...
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