The US Department of Justice and nearly 30 states are suing Live Nation for anti-competitive practices, alleging that the company is using its dominant position to eliminate competition. They are demanding that Live Nation be forced to sell Ticketmaster. The grievances include exclusivity practices and arrangements that prevent venues from using services other than Ticketmaster, and condition access to certain artists or promoters. The lawsuit could influence ticket prices and commercial practices, although Live Nation maintains that the market is competitive and that prices are determined by artists and venues. The lawsuit follows regulatory concerns over Live Nation's compliance with the terms of a previous decree.
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