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Merger Lessons Learned: Why the DOJ Must Block Ticketmaster/Live Nation Monopoly
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Merger Lessons Learned: Why the DOJ Must Block Ticketmaster/Live Nation Monopoly

Antitrust enforcement is the bulwark to a competitive market. Unfortunately, over the past several years, there has been very little merger enforcement exerted by the Department of Justice. In fact, the DOJ has not tried a merger case for over five years.

Antitrust enforcement is the bulwark to a competitive market. Unfortunately, over the past several years, there has been very little merger enforcement exerted by the Department of Justice. In fact, the DOJ has not tried a merger case for over five years.

At this point, the DOJ is facing its first significant antitrust test: will it permit the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger with some modest restructuring, or will it go to court to block the merger?

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