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Solow Comments on Ticketmaster Suit

Almost a decade after Pearl Jam stood before Congress and called for an investigation of Ticketmaster, a new band has taken up the cause. Jam band String Cheese Incident have sued the concert-ticketing giant for alleged antitrust violations, hoping to succeed where Pearl Jam failed in scaling back hefty service charges. At issue is whether the Boulder, Colo. group can sell tickets directly to its fans or whether it must go through Ticketmaster, which has exclusive contracts with most major U.S. venues. Antitrust expert JOHN SOLOW, a University of Iowa economics professor, calls SCI Ticketing's suit "more than a plausible claim" and adds, "This is not something that should be laughed at."


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